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"Love is a very powerful force. Even more so when it is focused into a coherent beam of destruction."
Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater

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The Power Of Love is a curious thing. It makes one man weep, and another man sing. It can change a hawk to a little white dove. Bring inanimate objects to life. It might just save your life. It makes people want to give up personal freedom to belong to each other. Don't you dare mock it, it's more than a feeling, that's the Power of Love.

Even more than The Power of Friendship, the Power of Love can be applied in dire situations to make things better. In fact, in many Disney movies it's the solution to everything. Unlike The Power of Friendship it can be applied in Fan Fic to make things profoundly disturbing. It's also an occasionally useful Deus ex Machina.

Common applications of the Power of Love include activating an Empathic Weapon, freeing a loved one from mind control, strengthening a loved one, and converting a Real Death into a Disney Death. Even when the power of love is not literally and directly responsible, the scene is often set such that the audience is left with the impression that it was "really responsible".


Don't You Dare Pity Me! can sometimes be overcome by the Power Of Love; however, it may take time, and the love itself must be purified of any pity it does contain.

The Green-Eyed Monster may come into play. In more idealistic shows, it is a sign of an immature love, where trust and faith is insufficient. However, more cynical shows may treat it as normal, and even let it overcome Cannot Spit It Out.

In cynical times, this can feel like a rip-off. It depends on where you, and the scene in question, fall on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism.

Love Redeems evil but it can also turn you evil. Combining the two, it can support said baddies.

Sometimes, love for someone who's threatened can give someone a Heroic Second Wind, especially a Mama Bear/Papa Wolf.

A more passive but no less impressive display of the Power of Love is its ability to use the Red String of Fate to reunite the reincarnated lovers.


A Super-Trope to Heart Beat-Down, True Love's Kiss, The Love Slap of Epiphany. A Sister Trope to Light 'em Up (light based powers) and Holy Hand Grenade (holy powers) which are generally good. Compare Care-Bear Stare which includes all positive feelings (happiness, peace, love etc).

Compare and contrast with The Power of Lust. Contrast with The Power of Apathy and The Power of Hate. Occasionally classified as one of the Elemental Powers. Not to be confused with the fanfic.


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    Comic Books 
  • The Power Of Love allowed The Flash to come back from an other-dimensional speedster heaven that no one had ever returned from. Several times.
    • It let Barry Allen break the Anti-Life Equation's hold over Iris Allen in Final Crisis.
    • Flash-type speedsters rely on this trope to keep them from being absorbed by the Speed Force (the aforementioned speedster heaven). It doesn't necessarily need to be romantic — the paternal bond between Max Mercury and Bart Allen is a beautiful example of such — but yes, the three main Flashes rely on their wives for it.
  • For a split second, it looks as if this trope is going to be averted in the Justice Society of America arc "Princes of Darkness" — Jade's the Power of Love speech to Obsidian fails to halt his evil rampage — but it's really only a set up for their father, the Golden Age Green Lantern, to come in and deliver it successfully.
  • Alan Moore's Providence has Dr. Alvarez, of all people, citing Love as the force that defines life.
    Dr. Alvarez: Love is the only substantial thing. It is noble in its noises and odours, I think. From where I look at this, to not love is to waste the existence. Even life is a small matter beside it. You see, it is not interrupted by death. Without it, this world cannot be endured.
  • In the fourth Scott Pilgrim book, The Power of Love is manifested as a giant flaming katana, which Scott yanks out of his chest after leveling up by confessing his love for Ramona. In the sixth book, Gideon steals it after learning Ramona has left Scott. What a dick! Ramona gets it back when she returns.
    • In the movie, it's subverted, as the love is tainted — Scott's double-timing Ramona and Knives. Gideon shatters the katana with one good swing from his Cane Sword. When Scott does a second run using his extra life, he instead gains "the Power of Self-Respect" (demonstrating that you can't have love if you don't have self-respect), which he uses to take out Gideon before resolving his romantic issues.
  • Veteran Green Lantern enemy Star Sapphire and the Star Sapphire Corps that recently succeeded her were fueled by love. If uncontrolled (as can happen when all the power is consolidated into a single person), it is of the insane, possessive, destructive sort, which is why the entity that provides their power is called The Predator, but they run on all kinds of love (be it between a man and woman or a mother and her child or so on and so forth) and the Predator is actually the one that is corrupted by its hosts, not the other way around.
    • One Star Sapphire used Soranik Natu's love for Kyle Rayner and channeled it to bring him back to life.
    • The Star Sapphire's Badass Creed:
    For hearts long lost and full of fright,
    For those alone in Blackest Night
    Accept our ring and join our fight.
    Love conquers all-with violet light.
  • Ultra Boy is saved from The Blight by The Power Of Love in the Legion of Super-Heroes issues right before Legion Lost.
  • The finale of Abnett & Lanning's run on The Authority depended on this. To go with the Class 2 Apocalypse, there's a horrific and intelligent virus floating around that ends up infecting Apollo, prompting Midnighter to look desperately for a cure. He's called north, eventually finding an island, which turns out to be a giant, Swamp Thing-like Century Baby named Gaia. In return for his help, she gives him an apple, and tells him to remember Avalon, the isle of apples: "The fruit of immortality... of love..." Two pages later, Apollo's fine.
  • From Ninja High School Jeremy uses this to bring back his friend, Cute Witch turned dark, Mimi. (The story's also a bit of a homage to Dark Phoenix so take that as you will)
  • Referenced in a classic Stan Lee / Jack Kirby Fantastic Four story line, when Reed Richards, alerted by the Watcher, takes on the Silver Surfer. When Sue Richards asks the Watcher how Reed can take on the "all-powerful Silver Surfer", the Watcher answers, "All-powerful? There is only one who deserves that name. And his only weapon — is love!"
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog, some can argue this is how Antoine ended up taking several levels in badass, going from Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey to a competent, respected and likeable character. Others point out it was because he spent several months being toughened up while trapped on Anti-Mobius, where all of his 'friends' were evil and he was on his own.
  • Defied in X-Campus. Magnus claims he will show them the greatest power of the world. "Love?" asks Storm. "Magnetism".
  • In one Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, a spell that kept Buffy asleep could only be broken by the kiss of someone who was in love with her. One of her Slayers, Satsu, did it.
  • Dark Avengers: it's heavily implied that The Power Of Love is all that's keeping The Sentry from unleashing the Void and raining Biblical plagues down on humanity. Unfortunately his wife, Lindy, is terrified of him, and when she tries to kill him in the hope of preventing a mad rampage, that's exactly what she gets. Norman Osborn recognizes that Lindy could set the Sentry off again at any time; unfortunately his solution is to kill her and make it look like a suicide. Initially that seems to work, but the next time we see the Sentry he ramps up to a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum very quickly and eventually provokes Thor into killing him. The last we see of the Sentry and Lindy is two empty graves, side by side...
  • Speaking of Osborn, The Power Of Love (for his son Harry) once turned Norman sane after he relapsed as the Green Goblin. Both the sanity and the love failed to stick.
  • X-23: Despite everything the Facility did to break her and forge her into an emotionless killing machine, it was Sarah Kinney's love for her as a daughter, defying orders to not treat her as a child whenever she could by reading to her and offering an emotional connection that saved her humanity and helped her break free of the Facility's control.
  • Played absolutely straight in Young Avengers, where Billy is unable to fully access his Demiurge powers. His fiancé, Teddy, who had previously left to try to figure out whether he actually loves Billy after Loki insinuated that Teddy may have been accidentally wished into existence in the first place by Billy's powers, returns and decides that it doesn't matter to him whether or not he's alive because Billy subconsciously wanted someone like him to be. After True Love's Kiss, Billy immediately and effortlessly becomes the Demiurge and nonchalantly rearranges the universe the same way most people organize things in the fridge. It's lampshaded in-story.
    Loki: Oh, ugh. Is love really going to save us all?
    America: Of course it is. Anyone who thinks otherwise gets stomped into paste.
  • In the OGN Avengers: Rage of Ultron Starfox uses his psionic ability to make people experience love to defeat Ultron (who had been merged with his creator Hank Pym), resulting in Ultron realizing what he had become and fleeing.
    Starfox: There is a solution. It's so simple. Love yourself.
  • In Superman Reborn Lois and Clark's love (for the partner and for their son Jon) is so strong thatit has repaired what was broken. More specifically, the pre-Flashpoint and New-52 versions of Clark and Lois are merged back together.
  • Elfquest has this as a recurring theme. It shows itself through all dealings with Bug Bad Winnowill, who tries to avoid this at all costs, and stated almost verbatim by all-loving High One Timmain, who almost states that this central trope keeps the Palace in balance.
  • Subverted in Harbinger. After Torque develops feelings for Faith he becomes weaker because his power comes from his own insecurity.
  • In Zombies Christmas Carol Fan and Fred both embody this, and Scrooge's love following his reformation is so strong he heals all of the zombies.

    Comic Strips 
  • The New Zealand comic Footrot Flats features a scene where the main character, the Dog, finds himself able to walk on water due to his love for Jess, the neighbour's dog note . After this initial success, he demonstrates that there is no such thing as The Power Of Lust, by sinking as soon as he moves from "Love can work miracles!" to "I'm coming baby!"

    Fan Works 
  • The Pokemon fanfic A Pikachu in Love both plays this straight and subverts it. Though it gave Pichi the courage to save Pikachu from nearly being mauled to death by an Ursaring, in the end it wasn't strong enough for Pikachu to choose to stay with her over Ash.
  • It was because of this in Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità that Germany and Japan saw the error in their ways and decided to share Italy. However, they also fell for each other, completing the polyamorous relationship.
  • Child of the Storm has this as a central underlying theme, with The Four Loves being discussed In-Universe, and Doctor Strange's grand scheme resting on this and The Power of Friendship (which, as one of the four loves, it more or less conflates). It even successfully defuses the Dark Phoenix, which is driven by The Power of Hate - though as is also noted, that Dark Phoenix wasn't quite fully-fledged. Harry is particularly adept at using it, with Bucky noting in chapter 24 of the sequel that his love for loved ones, and more generally his habit of seeing the better natures of those who didn't even know they had better natures can be extremely powerful and - with the influence of Gambit - inspires at least one Heel–Face Turn (Maddie's).
    • Speaking of the latter, Xavier needles Sinister regarding it, since Maddie had been under his thumb since birth, under More Than Mind Control for all that time, and The Power of Love (combined with generally showing her a better way, months of Gambit carefully Defusing the Tyke Bomb, and well-timed revelation or two) was the tipping point that Sinister never understood, which brought about her Heel–Face Turn, and always would have done.
    • On the flip-side, love for Carol is stated by Harry to be the one thing (if she was killed) that would make him cross his personal Godzilla Threshold and become the Dark Phoenix. More generally, people he cares for being hurt or killed is the best way to unleash his inner monster.
  • Evangelion 303: In chapter 13 Shinji finished his speech about how he had seen all sides of Asuka –including the worst and darkest ones- and there was nothing that she could show him that would make him love her any less:
    Shinji: You call it imprinting… That’s all love is, isn’t it? A form of imprinting! The kind of imprinting that can survive anything!
  • HERZ: In 2015 Shinji was grieving because he loved Asuka and he could not save her. Rei’s love towards Shinji led her to feel his angst, rebel against Gendo and help him. In 2027 it is Shinji and Asuka's love for each other and their daughter and Rei’s love for them which drives them to come up with a risky plan to save humankind and that love allows them to succeed.
  • New Tamaran: This is how Starfire defeats Blackfire, and why Raven becomes a benevolent deity.
  • The Harry Potter fanfic Oh God Not Again! had this to say about The Power Of Love:
    "...What was that last part?" Sirius asked.
    " Remus and Tonks got married?" Harry repeated innocently.
    "No, the other last part. The one about Voldemort killing you," Sirius clarified.
    "Oh, well he killed me and I had a nice chat with Dumbledore's soul who informed me that just because I was imagining things it didn't make it not real and then I got better."
    Sirius just stared at him.
    "It gets better," Harry grinned. "Apparently I only survived because of the power of love."
    Sirius groaned. "For the record, when you're telling this to other people, try to come up with an explanation that sounds more badass."
    • This was also a generally-held theory about how Harry would defeat Voldemort.
  • In the Gears of War fanfiction Phalanx, this seems to be developing between Gordon and Irene, and Word of God has it that it will become more prevalent throughout the story.
  • This, to an only slightly lesser extent than The Power of Friendship, is what drives the good guys in the Elemental Chess Trilogy.
  • Screwed around with in With Strings Attached. When George confronts the mind-controlled Paul, he cautiously attempts to snap Paul out of it by mentioning his wife Linda. Paul's response: “Who's Linda?” However, Paul reveals later that he had thrown off the mind control within fifteen minutes and was faking it, so the trope never even got a chance to operate.
  • Stellar Requiem's TRON: Legacy Fan Fic ''Survivor's Tale'' plays this card for everything it's worth. First, in the arena "Rinzler" and Yori recognize each other during an Involuntary Battle to the Death and it leaves enough of an opening for her to perform a move that knocks them both out. Second, Clu tries to have her executed, but she invokes "This isn't who you are" and stops Rinzler dead in his tracks. Thirdly, after she's been repurposed, Tronzler is able to set her free, even when he can't free himself. Lastly, Yori is asked by a cloaked figure in the back of the tavern if she could ever forgive Rinzler. She admits that while she would find it hard to forgive his actions, she will always love him, no matter what he calls himself. That's when the stranger reveals himself as Tron and the pair are finally reunited.
  • This trope is quoted word for word in the Harry Potter fanfic HERMIONE AND GINNY VERSUS THE SPACE WIZARDS by Harry, after Ginny and Hermione have sex, combine their powers and free the other wizards so they can fight the evil Spacewizard Griz'nakh.
  • Blind had this conversation between Naruto and the Kyuubi:
    Naruto: Will it (being Hokage) really make me happy?
    Kyuubi: Kid, I used to go around killing people thinking it would make me happy.
    Naruto: Did it?
    Kyuubi: Nope. But then I found a mate and we both went around killing people together and then I was happy.
    Naruto: You... are a sick bastard.
    Kyuubi: Yeah. But what did you learn from that?
    Naruto: I need a mate to be happy?
    Kyuubi: Most people do.
  • In the Heroes story Lost and Found, when Claire sees Danko shoot Elle, it allows her to access Elle's power and unleash an electrical Heart Beatdown on him.
  • In the Facing the Future Series, Sam has used this a couple of times when Danny needs to be pulled back after accidentally triggering his dangerous Super Mode.
    • It was implied that it was this that allowed Danny and Sam to regain their memories of each other and escape Nocturne's dream world.
  • Destiny is a Hazy Thing: The Power Of Love is so strong that even Eldritch Abominations aren't immune to it.
  • Children of Time: love is powerful enough to break and remake Time... and redeem a certain detective...
  • In the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades story, A Month of Sundays this is played straight and subverted. It's played straight with Mari who frees Miura from Gamou's mind control spell that forced him to become the Aries Zodiarts. Subverted with Yayoi with Haruto after being transformed into a Creepy Doll with a mentality of a five-year-old boy. He responds with What Is This Thing You Call "Love"? and she slices him up and leaves him to burn.
  • Invoked and subverted in the Ah! My Goddess fanfiction Haloes. Urd has a nasty bout with aphasia that robs her of spoken and written language, forcing her to communicate by pantomime and gibberish utterance. She later develops the ability to use music to convey her emotions and utters her very first word and sentence ("Keichi" and "I love you"), apparently out of sheer love.
    • Subverted: By then, she has merely learned to, at first very akwardly, translate her Starfish Language in human words. But the fact she was in love acted as a strong motivation to do so.
  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath's Wedding", when Empath and Hefty find out that Smurfette's "heart" has been taken by Chlorhydris so that she could no longer feel love for anybody, including her husband-to-be Empath, Empath decides that he's going to give Smurfette his "heart" so she could feel love again when Hefty, willing to prove himself to be Smurfette's One True Love, decides to do it in Empath's place. Empath, wishing for Hefty to be a happy Smurf who would marry Smurfette instead of himself, returns the favor and gives Hefty his "heart".
  • In The End of Ends, Terra realizes who Count Logan really is and how her actions caused his rise to power. She then devotes herself to saving him because deep down, she loves him. This allows her to tap into the powers of the Light Prognosticus and over power Count Logan... it gets subverted though. All that she managed to do was roughen him up. Had it not been for The Starscream, Logan wouldn't have changed. It's only when he is mortally wounded that he began to redeem and not even the Power of Love was able to save him.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, this is a frequent theme, particularly between Mega Man, his family, and Kalinka.
    • In episode 11, chapter 8, ProtoMan uses his love for Nomad to gather the courage to restore his old self. Two chapters later, he calms Nomad out of her destructive programming and pain. And in the finale of episode 11, memories of those he loves enable him to fight Wily's fear program and turn on him.
  • In the Star Trek (2009) fanfic Written in the Stars, the love between Fem!Kirk and Spock is shown to be so powerful that no matter the reality, the pair will always be drawn to each other.
    • A straight example occurs in chapter two, in which the Prime Fem!Kirk tells the Alt Reality Fem!Kirk about the incident with the Medusan, Kollos. In this story, the only way to cure the insanity (brought about by looking upon Kollos) is if the victim's true love locks eyes with said victim. Fem!Kirk did this when Spock goes insane, curing him within seconds.
    • Another straight example, similar to the first, happens when Spock goes crazy due to Pon Farr. He doesn't recognize anyone and attacks anyone on sight... except for Fem!Kirk, who he even protects from anything he considers a threat to her. It is revealed that this happened because he recognized her as his bondmate.
  • As the title implies, this is the central premise of Romance and the Fate of Equestria. It begins shortly after the show's Season 2 finale, where the Power of Love was witnessed firsthand, and Twilight decides to pursue romance for the purpose of supplementing her studies on The Power of Friendship, thus kick-starting the entire story.
  • The the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL fanfic series Numbershots considers this as the natural evolution of The Power of Friendship. During the Duel with the Numbers Distributor in "Numbershot C13: True Love Shines Through All", when Kotori combines it with ZEXAL, she becomes so powerful that she brings her beloved Yuma (who heroically sacrificed himself to save her just in the previous chapter) Back from the Dead. Before they proceed to thoroughly kick his ass by combining their ace monsters.
    ZEXAL!Kotori: This is a power someone like you could never understand. Numbers have hearts and feelings, like humans! They are capable of loving each other! And when you combine that love with the power of ZEXAL... the result is a power that cannot be stopped!
    Numbers Distributor: This is impossible! I killed you! You should be dead!
    ZEXAL!Kotori: Don't you listen? When the power of love is combined with the power of ZEXAL... anything can be accomplished!
  • God Slaying Blade Works:
    • Shirou Emiya has been seriously injured by Mordred and is almost out of mana, preventing him from using his magic. Then Mordred attempts to kill Guinevere. Arondight, the sword of Sir Lancelot, immediately appears in Shirou's hand and restores his energy so he can defend her. Lancelot loved Guinevere so much that his weapon was imbued with that love, and even though the Campione!verse Guinevere is a different person from the Nasuverse Guinevere, it would still do anything to protect her.
    • Shirou gets controlled by Venus, the Goddess of Love, but eventually breaks free because of his love for Sakura Matou.
  • This is basically the Central Theme of the Contractually Obligated Chaos series, best exemplified through a Call-Back to an actual quote from the source material.
    I believe that when you love someone, the impossible becomes possible.
  • Played for Drama in the Triptych Continuum. In this continuity, Cadence's alicorn magic makes her the one pony who can directly manipulate love. And unlike in many portrayals, she is not limited to reinforcing existing love. She can create love, destroy it, transfer it, all with a thought. Needless to say, she is terrified of what she could become if she let herself.
  • The Bridge:
    • Princess Cadance specializes in love magic, and the Crystal Heart is an Amplifier Artifact for love. It is among the only things able to reliably counter King Sombra's hate and darkness spells.
    • While the Sirens normally channel and feed on The Power of Hate, Aria Blaze eventually remembers that her mother Hymnia taught her a song that channels love. She finds that love feeds her and powers her up much more than hate does.
  • In Sword Art Online Abridged:
  • The Queen's Consort: It was light magic that gave Elsa amnesia, so it stands to reason that light magic can undo it, and what is more bright and pure than love? The trope is practically stated by name.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • Asuka and Shinji's love for each other is also the only reason why they manage to stay sane. And their love for Rei (regardless of what type of love it was) gave her support during her second detox.
    • Kaworu had found that feelings like love and lust are the strongest mental buffers against the Call (his subconscious desire to cause Third Impact), so situations where Rei returns his affections (like giving him a "platonic" kiss on Christmas or asking him out on a date) can drown it out entirely.
  • In the climax of Batman: Angel of Death, Selina's unwavering love for her sister proves stronger than the years of conditioning that served to make Maggie subservient to the Order of St. Dumas and Père Roland, defusing her in time to save her sister from being burned at the stake.
  • In The Dark Lady, while it was able to return Rumpel's memories after the Black Fairy cursed him, it is made clear that the Curse of the Dark One is immune to true love’s kiss (unlike all other curses).
  • Played for Drama in many Prince Hans redemption fics such as Warm Hugs and The Phoenix and the Snowbird, based on a discredited rumor that he'd be redeemed in Frozen 2. Owing to the fact that he was ignored and neglected by his own abusive family, he starts off as a grouchy man who derisively sees love as a annoyance, and an idiotic thing only good for fairy-tale romances. But as the fics progress, a Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot forces him to realize that Love Redeems, how his hatred warped his mind and made him an enemy of the heroes, and that there's more to life than just being power-hungry. Sometimes, the heroes (Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf) even call him out on his cynical beliefs about love and/or ask where it got him, to which Hans is unable to answer. Also in many of these fanfics, he even genuinely falls for Elsa.

    Films — Animation 
  • Yellow Submarine: To defeat the glove, All You Need Is Love.
  • The trope frequently pops up in the Disney Animated Canon (and in Disney in general).
    • Sleeping Beauty: Chillingly, Maleficent is one of the few villains who knows how powerful love is. Rather than trying to undo the True Love's Kiss Curse Escape Clause, she decides to build it into the Ironic Hell she's arranged for Prince Phillip. She gives him a terrifying Hannibal Lecture about how she'll release him once the full hundred years have past so that Aurora (who has slept in Narnia Time) will awaken to a broken, decrepit old man. If it weren't for the fairies' meddling, love would've kept Phillip going before destroying him.
    • The Sword in the Stone: Merlin tells Wart that love is a powerful force after a lovelorn female squirrel becomes heartbroken when Wart is transformed back into a human.
      Merlin: You know, lad, that love business is a powerful thing.
      Wart: Greater than gravity?
      Merlin: Well yes, boy, in its way... yes, I'd say it's the greatest force on earth.
    • Disney's Beauty and the Beast where the Beast, seemingly dead, is revived and turns into a Prince when Belle tells him she loves him.
    • And the theme song from the movie was sung by Céline Dion. See below.
    • While love doesn't actually accomplish anything supernatural in the Aladdin films, the fact that genies can't cause people to fall in love puts Love on the same level of greater-than-phenomenal-cosmic-power as Life or Death.
    • In Frozen, an act of true love is the only thing that can save Anna from turning into solid ice. And in a surprising twist for a Disney movie, the act of love is not True Love's Kiss, or even romantic love, but Anna sacrificing herself for her sister Elsa. An act of true familial love on Anna's part. Love also turns out to be the trigger that allows Elsa to control her ice powers.
  • The Book of Life:
    • A major theme of the film.
      Del Toro: It’s the story of two lovers who refuse to be separated by anything... it's about love not giving up.
    • Manolo Sanchez. His voice actor states that his true power is love.
  • Disney's Mulan II, supported by Politically Correct History.
  • In Rio, the power of love is what gives Blu the power to fly.
  • The Secret of NIMH: Only when her children were in mortal danger did Mrs. Brisby's love and courage become a tangible force, with the Stone as a foci. Even more explicit is the Stone's inscription: "You can unlock any door, if you only have the key." According to the Theme Song Flying Dreams, "Love is the key."
  • Averted, in the DVD version of the Disney film Pocahontas. She invokes this in the if I never knew you song, singing that with their love she thought "Somehow we'd make the whole world bright", but as she notes in the following line, that didn't exactly work out. Much of the hostilities in the film are an unintended result of their relationship, though she regrets nothing.
  • In Strange Magic, the only thing that can break the power of a love potion is true love.
  • In The Swan Princess, the only way to break Odette's curse was to make a vow of everlasting love and prove it to the world. Prince Derek does this by defeating Rothbart so that she could live as well as asking for her forgiveness and telling her the reasons that he loves her.
  • In Kubo and the Two Strings, Kubo defeats his grandfather the Moon King by applying a weaponized version of this!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The trope takes its name and first sentence from the Huey Lewis and the News song of the same name, which was written for and featured in Back to the Future. The film provides many examples of The Power of Love. Sometimes The Power of Creepy Probably-Incestuous Love. This is also apparent in Back to the Future 3, when Clara Clayton transforms herself from a quiet schoolteacher to a full on superwoman, who can scale trains in motion, in order to catch up with Doc before he goes back to 1985.
  • The tagline for the film Breaking the Waves is "Love is a mighty power", though the film employs this trope in just about the most horrific manner imaginable, leaving you to ponder the mental state of the filmmaker.
  • The Christmas Toy uses this near the end. Mew is seen out of place and as a result is frozen. This causes Rugby to realize how much of a jerk he'd been to Mew, who'd been nothing but helpful to him throughout the film. Rugby glumly sings a song about how much he loves Mew, and this thankfully brings Mew back to life. Then we see the other toys in the playroom singing the same song and bringing the other toys who'd been frozen back to life as well (how they knew about the magic song that brings frozen toys back to life before Rugby came back in and told them about it is never explained).
  • Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man uses this trope in conjunction with The Four Loves as The Everyman protagonist/narrator goes on his metaphorical journey through life. The story postulates that a person's fulfillment comes when they hold three metaphorical keys within them: "Dreams, faith, and love." Love turns out to be the most important of them. As a child, he has all three with Affection/Family (represented by his guides, the Flounes) as the source of love, but adolescent rebellion and a desire for Romantic Love as a young adult leads him to pursue the latter via a Deal with the Devil for material gain. Because The Dark Side Will Make You Forget, he loses his dreams and faith along with any kind of love, becoming an aloof middle-aged man alone in the world — then a Vagabond Girl and her companions reach out to him with Friendship. This moves him enough that in accepting their love he not only regains all three keys but also becomes an embodiment of Unconditional Love and a completely fulfilled person who can guide others towards similar enlightenment.
  • Averted in Dance of the Dead, after the students (well, MOST of them anyway) manage to escape the school and the zombie infestation, Jimmy and Lindsey share a passionate kiss in front of the school, at the exact same time as the building explodes. The timing would indicate that it's the passion between the two rekindled young lovers that is causing the explosion, but it's really just the metric ton of C4 Coach Keel set up around the perimeter.
  • This is the whole Aesop of Disney's Enchanted, right down to True Love's Kiss.
  • In Ernest Scared Stupid, trolls can be killed by milk (which represents "a mother's care"). When Trantor becomes more powerful, milk can't stop him. The only thing Ernest can do is to defeat him with "the heart of a child" — unconditional love — and hugging and dancing with him does the trick.
  • At the end of the 1926 film adaptation of Faust, Faust flings himself onto Gretchen's pyre as she is being burned at the stake, and they are Together in Death. Mephisto believes that he has won The Bet with the archangel and now has dominion over the earth. The archangel holds otherwise, saying that one word has broken Faust's contract with Mephisto, won the bet for the angel, and saved humanity from Mephisto's rule. The film ends with a zoom in on the single word "LIEBE."
  • The Fifth Element, where the five central elements in the universe are earth, fire, wind, water ... and love. Could also be a subversion as, according to Luc Besson, the titular element is actually sex.
  • Freaky Friday (2003) has a non-romantic example, in which Tess and Anna must demonstrate familial "selfless love" in order to return to each other's bodies.
  • In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, during the film's climax the Baroness is able to subdue the nanites that are controlling her because her love for Duke is stronger than the nanites' influence over her mind. Looks like love > technology!
  • In the first Harry Potter film (see its main mention under Literature), the sacrificial love protection that protected Harry from Voldemort's curse is taken a step further from the book when it enables Harry to reduce Quirrell to a pile of dust by touching him.
  • Help!: Most of the songs are about this topic.
  • In Hook, the grown up Peter regains his ability to fly when he remembers the love and joy he felt when his son was born.
  • In Interstellar, Cooper's love for his daughter enables him to literally transcend time and space to give her younger self the information required to save humanity.
  • In Krull, the Power of Love manifests itself at the climax as the ability to throw fireballs. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • In Manborg, love is what gives #1 Man the strength and hope to fight for humanity again. To quote an exchange between him and the Baron:
    The Baron: What pathetic human desire made you throw it all away? It wasn't love, was it?
    #1 Man: Yes.
    The Baron: [looks down somewhat dejectedly] Oh.
  • In the denouement to A Matter of Life and Death, the protagonist wins a second chance at life by virtue of love being the most powerful force in the world of the living, and therefore triumphing over the power of the celestial jury.
  • In The Matrix, it appears that Neo's transformation into The One is sparked by Trinity telling his mostly-dead body that she loves him. However, the Power of Logic is also implicated: She loves Neo. She was told by the oracle that the man she loved would be the One; therefore, Neo is the One. The One would not be dead; therefore, Neo cannot be dead.
    • And the fact that the sensation of Trinity kissing him makes Neo realize that despite the Matrix input, he isn't actually dead, so it makes sense.
  • In The Naked Gun, Frank's power of love break's Jane's Mind Control.
  • In Next, the precognitive abilities of Nicolas Cage's character only allow him to see up to 2 minutes into his own future, except, for no apparent reason, for one recurring vision that presages the arrival of his eventual love interest. Once he's finally met and slept with her, he can see further ahead than ever before.
  • Believe it or not, this is how Freddy Krueger is defeated in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge. When Freddy possesses the hero of the film, Jesse, and chases his girlfriend Lisa, Lisa states that she still loves him and kisses Jesse/Freddy. Jesse gains the strength to fight Freddy from within and destroy him, regaining control of his body.
  • One Way Passage is a tragic romance between two doomed lovers — Dan is an escaped convict being taken back to San Francisco by boat to be executed, while fellow passenger Joan has a terminal illness. Throughout the film, Dan and Joan have been making toasts, breaking the glasses, and lying the stems of the shattered glasses on top of each other, as a symbol of their love. Dan and Joan pledge to meet each other at the Agua Caliente restaurant on New Year's Eve. When they land, Dan is taken away to Death Row, and Joan faints, presumably dying. The last scene is at a bar on New Year's. A melancholy Skippy is drinking at the Agua Caliente bar, with neither Dan nor Joan in attendance. Suddenly a sound of breaking glass is heard. The last shot shows the stems of two shattered glasses, one lying on top of the other one.
  • Pacific Rim: Because Synchronization requires two people, they have to get along really well with no secrets.
  • In Peter Pan, Wendy asks if she can give him a "thimble" and kisses him. This actually makes the guy BURST INTO FLIGHT WITH A HUGE SMILE ON HIS FACE, and his feelings for Wendy allows him to come back and beat Hook (with the help of the Darling siblings and the Lost boys chanting "Old! Alone! Done for!" towards Hook).
    Wendy: This belongs to you, and always will.
  • In Pleasantville, it's The Power Of Love (or just plain old Auto Erotica) that changes the entire TV show from black and white to colour.
    • Technically, it's the Power of Change that causes people to, well, change color. The conversion happens when the one-dimensional citizens of Pleasantville do something unexpected or uncharacteristic. For the most of the supporting cast, this was when they had sex, which didn't exist in their world before. The two main characters, coming from the real world, had a harder time gaining color, but likewise changed when they did something they normally wouldn't do note .
    • The changes happen when a character does something that isn't just pleasant. For some it's love, but there are other causes, such as anger. So it's not the power of love, but the power of passion.
  • In the second Poltergeist, it's the "light of the family" shed by the Freelings' love for one another that repels the Big Bad on the Other Side.
  • The Princess Bride references the power of "true love" several times. In the very beginning, Wesley asserts that he will be reunited with Buttercup because of the power of their love. Later in the film, he resists deadly torture by becoming only "mostly dead." When his comatose body is asked why he's still "slightly alive," Wesley moans, "Truuuuee loooove." Buttercup also asserts that her love cannot be denied, but it's mostly for show. She's ready to kill herself when Wesley suddenly appears and scolds her for her lack of faith.
  • Santo vs. la hija de Frankestein: Santo's girlfriend is hypnotized and ordered to cut out his eyes and deliver them to Dr Frankenstein. She gets as far as holding the knife over the helpless luchador's face before this trope snaps her out of it.
  • Parodied in Scary Movie 3. Upon hearing Cindy and George express their love for each other, the corpse of Tabitha turns into a beautiful little girl and says that their love has broken the curse and she won't ever have to kill again. "Really?" asks Cindy and Tabitha turns back into a corpse and admits "Nah, I was just screwing with you."
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World subverts the trope. Scott gains a weapon called The Power of Love from proclaiming his love to Ramona in the climax. The weapon isn't strong enough, so he dies. On his second attempt, he instead proclaims that he's fighting for himself and gets The Power of Self-Respect, which is vastly superior.
  • In the film version of Stardust, Yvaine's love for Tristan allows her to go supernova and incinerate Lamia. Because of her love, Tristan now "possessed the heart a star" and got bonus immortality too.
  • A theme throughout the Star Wars saga. In Return of the Jedi, it's how Luke helps his father Darth Vader get out of the Dark Side and become Anakin Skywalker again.
  • There are few places where TRON shows off its Disney origins, but this and The Power of Friendship overrides even the nastiest brainwashing. In the first, the title character pulls his "counterpart" (equivalent of "wife") Yori out of a repurposed state. In the second... a good, solid look from Flynn pulls him back from twenty years of enslavement.
  • A more cynical and indirect usage: In the film Ultraviolet, the heroine weeps over a dead boy, causing him to come back to life — because her tears infected him with vampirism.
  • In The Wolfman (2010), Lawrence's feelings for Gwen bring out what's left of his humanity, but only right before Gwen "sets him free."
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: First Class: When Charles is helping all of the mutants train, the most effective memory to focus Erik's powers is Channukah with his mother, before the Holocaust.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: If Charles has a secondary mutation, it would be this — he has the ability to "transform" the people around him into better versions of themselves. His unwavering love and support for his daughter figure Jean allows her to overcome her fears about her Phoenix power, and she fries Apocalypse with deadly efficiency, saving the world and the Professor's life in the process. Magneto pulls a Heel–Face Turn when he realizes that his love for Xavier is stronger than his hate towards human society, which has murdered his family twice over. Peter could've easily returned to his mother's basement and continue wasting his potential after the Final Battle (especially considering that he had decided to withhold from Erik that he's his son), but it's implied that Maximoff was touched by Charles' worry for his well-being when Xavier had created a telepathic link between them while Quicksilver was fighting Apocalypse. It should be noted that Charles hadn't spoken to Peter in a decade, but the former's capacity for love is so great that he had opened his mind to a young mutant whom he barely knows, and he sincerely cared about whether Maximoff got hurt or not. The self-described "total loser" Quicksilver is now a member of the X-Men who can make a positive difference in the world.

  • To quote Virgil, "Omnia vincit Amor"note  and "Et nos cedamus Amori..."note 
  • In L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, this is what saves Gilbert from dying of typhoid fever, though in a non-magical way. Heartbroken over Anne's rejection and sick as a dog, he gets a letter from Anne's friend informing him that Anne is not getting married to Roy Gardner (her beau of two years) and advises Gilbert to "try again". He remarks to Anne later that the doctors were amazed at the speed of his recovery after that.
  • The Power of Love was a particularly troubling notion to the Legalists during the Warring States Period, as it could inspire people to defy the government in favour of getting a better deal for their families. Hence, The Book of Lord Shang advises taking measures to keep peasants occupied with nothing more than farming, and to prevent them from having more than a subsistence living.
  • In the moving final lines of The Bridge of San Luis Rey, the Abbess Maria contemplates the souls of those who have died and those who are still alive but will come after them. She concludes that love is the only thing that gives life meaning.
    Maria: But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
  • Scarlett's sister Tella dies at the end of Caraval. Since she wasn't one of Legend's performers, she should not have come back to life, but Scarlett used the power of love to wish her back.
  • This is a strong theme in Chronicles Of Nick. Every action done for love yields good long term effects, even if short term is harder to deal with. Meanwhile actions done for revenge or anger always come back to haunt the perpetrator.
  • In The Chronicles of Prydain, this is used to make the Pelydryn illuminate the night sky so that it appears to be noon.
  • Emily Elizabeth's love is what caused Clifford the Big Red Dog to become so big, even though he was the runt of the litter. The Expository Theme Tune of the Scholastic animated version lays it out — "Clifford needed Emily, so she chose him for her own / And her love made Clifford grow so big that the Howards had to leave their home."
  • In Devon Monk's Dead Iron, LeFel has to kill Jeb because otherwise his and Mae's love would protect her.
  • The Divine Comedy:
    • Despite every assurance of Virgil, Dante is wholly unwilling to go through the final firewall between Purgatory and Heaven until he hears Beatrice's name. By virtue of that romantic love, Dante summons the courage to go through a fire more intense than anything on Earth to find Beatrice on the other side.
    • The last verse of Paradiso and the Comedy as a whole describes God as "the love that moves the Sun and the other stars." This Happy Ending gives reason for this epic to be called a Comedy since nothing could provide greater joy than to know that the essence of existence is an eternal love between Father, Son, and Spirit.
  • In Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files Love takes many forms and is shown in many forms, from a parental sacrifice, to True Love's Kiss, to a holy Sword that is empowered by Love, and the revelation that Love, in its purest form, is a form of creation and so when the Universe was made, it was out of an act of Love.
    • The Bible's passage says it right out: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
    • To the White Court, a species of vampires (specifically, the Raith family) who feed on human lust, fear, and/or despair, love is poison. If a White Court vampire attempts to feed on a person with love they will be burned. Even symbols of love can be dangerous, a wedding band burned one vampire while a rose given in love to another causes the vampire who touched it to be poisoned by the rose's thorns.
    • On a more ambiguous note, Harry is only able to help Susan, who has been bitten and partially transformed into a Red Court vampire and is drugged and newly bloodthirsty break out of it when he tells her he loves her. It's beautiful and tragic.
    • There also exists Amoracchius, The Sword of Lovenote .
      • It contains a Nail that is one of the three that pierced Jesus Christ. Anyone who wields it in proper cause is a major power in that world. There also exist Swords of Hope and Faith, but it's slightly implied that Love is the greatest of them. If a person is holding it to weild in defense of a loved one, the Sword will grant the person its power and protection. One Knight was a family man with lots of kids and a wife, as well as a love for his fellow man. This fit well with the purpose of the Knights of the Cross isn't to smite evil, but help those who have fallen into its grasp a chance for redemption, and only kill if there is no other choice. The Sword is also aware of the weilder's intentions and will permit some to use it in unique situations. Harry once withnessed a half-human half-monster mother, whose kind are repelled by holy objects, take up the Sword to defend her child from worse monsters.
    • Later in the same battle with the monster-mother, when Susan, that monster-mother, has killed and took in the blood of her victim, and so transforming her into a souless Red Court vampire, her love for her and Harry's daughter helps her hold onto her humanity long enough for Harry to sacrifice her on an altar the Red Court planned to kill the child in a dark ritual. Instead, Susan's sacrifce allows her, now one of the younest Red Court vampires, to send this horrible death curse back up her vampire-sire line, killing any "siblings" who are older, then her "parent", and then any brood-siblings of the "parent", children of the brood-siblings, and up the line further until all who are "older" than she are now dead. As the Red Court originated with just one vampire and Susan is just five "generations removed", she ends up wiping out nearly of all the Red Court vampires.
    • Uriel tells Harry, "Whatever you do, do it for love. If you keep to that, your path will never wander so far from the light that you can never return." Taking this advice, Harry departs so far from the light that very few people have ever returned. How these factors will interact in future books is anyone's guess.
    • Queen Mab has a healthy respect for this emotion.
      Mab: So many terrible things are done for love. For love will men mutilate themselves and murder rivals. For love will even a peaceful man go to war. For love, man will destroy himself, and that right willingly.
    • True Love's Kiss is sometimes the only way to break enchantments on couples set by fae. See that page for more information.
    • One character even equates Love with the Creation of Universe. Especially when one considers many are conceived during an act of unconditional love. Major Spoiler for Skin Game. And so when Lash, shadow of a Fallen Angel, willingly died to save the life of Harry Dresden, her host, she did so out of her genuine and unconditional love. What remained after that merged with the bit of Harry's soul he gave her and from it something new was created: A child. A spirit of Intellect carried inside Harry's head, though he didn't know this. She has all the knowledge of a Fallen Angel but nurtured on the feelings of love Harry has for his friends and family.
  • Takes a dark twist in Dune. Doctor Yueh is Beneath Suspicion as The Mole due to his Sukh mental conditioning which prevents him from purposefully taking another life. While suborning Sukh conditioning is supposed to be impossible, the Harkonnens' Mentat Piter De Vries claims that with the right lever one can move a planet. Yueh's wife Wannah is that "lever". When Yueh eventually betrays the Duke, he tells him that some things have greater sway over his mind than his conditioning.
  • David Eddings:
    • In The Belgariad and The Malloreon, 'Zakath was newly crowned at eighteen, madly in love and a candidate for becoming The Good King. A plot against his life was perpetrated by his lover, so he sentenced her to death. Too late, he learned she had been an innocent set up by the Murgo king, Taur Urgas. After a month locked in his room, Zakath emerged as a combination of Love Makes You Evil and the Empty Shell. Decades later, his life is saved by the mysterious Cyradis who then puts her own life into his hands to ensure he helps the heroes. Love Redeems him into a Good Is Not Soft version of The Good King.
    • Also in The Belgariad, Polgara manages to defy an actual God thanks to the power of her love for Durnik, and saves the universe in the process.
    • In The Elenium and The Tamuli, there is the goddess Aphrael. Her "real" form is an adult woman, but she always appears to everyone as an eight year old girl. This allows her to use The Power Of Love on everyone. When a cute young girl asks to sit in your lap, no one can refuse. Once she sits in your lap and gives you a kiss, she will get her way on everything she wants.
  • In Ella Enchanted the main character (Cinderella) is cursed to always be obedient, no matter who gives her orders. When the prince she loves proposes to her she is horrified because she is certain that someone will use her to hurt him (and her wicked stepmother and stepsisters immediately order her to say "yes"). She promptly tells him that she is cursed (violating one of the oldest and strongest orders that her parents gave to her). Ella goes on confessing to him and explaining why she can't marry him for two pages before she realizes that her curse has been broken by The Power Of Love.
  • A central theme in The English Patient is the question of whether love can transcend national boundaries in wartime. The short answer? Yes. The long answer? Yes, but the results aren't always pretty, and don't necessarily last.
  • In The Fangs of K'aath, the power of love in the heroes is able to repel the minions of the titular demon as if they are physically burned and cancel out a magic poison at the book's climax.
  • In Galaxy of Fear: The Planet Plague, Tash gets infected with The Blob Monster Virus and thanks to it becomes more irritable and driven by thoughts of Revenge for Alderaan. Negative emotions seem to speed the progression, and at the climax she's oozing slime and having blob goo tendrils waving out of her skin and has to stop and instead focus on what she's fighting for and her love for the dead. The tendrils drop off. She's not cured, but it handles the symptoms until she can be taken to be treated. Vaguely justified, in that she's Force Sensitive and a doctor earlier exposited about the illness.
    "Your body has a certain temperature, and usually it creates certain kinds of chemicals in your blood, your brain, and all the different parts of your body. But when your body changes — as when you are angry, or sad, or when you are sick — your body temperature changes, and your brain sends signals to produce different chemicals. Somehow this virus affects those signals and feeds off of them."
  • The running theme of The Gargoyle is that no matter how much tragedy that the Narrator and Marianne Engel go through, including their maybe past-lives, their love for each other is strong enough to carry them on to the next life.
  • Subverted in the Georgina Kincaid series by Mead. The heroine is a succubus, feeding on lifeforce through sex. Everytime she has sex. It means that she cannot sleep with the one she loves, ever, because that would shorten his life.
  • In the Harry Potter series, love is said to be the source of the force which saved Harry from Voldemort in his infancy, and is cited as the secret power he has over You-Know-Who.
    • On the other hand, love is the reason for Severus Snape's decision to betray Lord Voldemort, who could neither understand nor detect this decision because it was motivated by love. Voldemort's blindness to the emotion also leaves him vulnerable to the Malfoy family's betrayal. It's patently obvious to anyone watching (ie. Dumbledore, Harry) that any of those three would sell him down the river in a heartbeat to save the other two.
    • The ultimate example of how love is his power is near the finale of the story when Harry, to protect his friends, allows himself to be killed. His love for them was so great that he gave up his life, and in so doing destroyed the Horcrux embedded within his soul, leaving Voldemort vulnerable. Voldemort could not imagine somebody killing themselves for another and so didn't realize the significance of the sacrifice. More than that, his willingness to die for them provided everyone in the castle with the same type of protection his mother gave him.
    • Word of God states that the reason that Molly Weasley was made to kill Bellatrix Lestrange was to show that a mother's love is far more powerful than an obsessive, fanatic love.
    • Used subtly in Deathly Hallows. Harry's love for his girlfriend Ginny helps keep him together after Ron ditches him and Hermione.
    • At its basic core, The Power Of Love in Harry Potter means the ability to care about another person, even more than about yourself. This is what Harry has and Voldemort lacks, and this is why Harry is always surrounded by close friends and reliable allies, that would die to protect him, and why Voldemort only has groupies and vultures with him, held in line with fear.
  • The Heroes of Olympus series:
    • This is how Piper saves Jason. Either that or he was Only Mostly Dead.
    • Arguably, while she does have feelings for Jason, it may not have had anything to do with that— she simply Charmspoke his soul to keep it from going to Hades. Still technically fits the trope, since only children of Aphrodite, goddess of love, can do this...
    • It was revealed in the second book that the Doors Of Death are open and heroes can escape death for the same reason that monsters reform almost instantly. The Power of Love probably helped, but Gwen got back by herself, so...
    • In The Son of Neptune Percy's memory has been wiped but Amnesia Missed a Spot: the name of his girlfriend Annabeth. Their relationship was too strong to erase completely, and his feelings for her motivate him to keep fighting throughout the book. It pays off: He gets both his memories and Annabeth back.
  • His Dark Materials:
    • Basically the entire point of The Amber Spyglass: as the second Eve, Lyra experiencing love helps to maintain the flow of Dust through The Multiverse. Complicated by the fact that the local Corrupt Church believes the prophecy to refer to a second Fall of Man instead, as well as by jittery publishers who censored what reads like a Did They or Didn't They? scene between underage characters. At minimum, though, True Love's Kiss helped save the multiverse.
    • The subtle knife is an Absurdly Sharp Blade that can cut through any material object and even the fabric of the universe. Yet the blade will shatter if the user thinks of a loved one as they use the knife. It is strongly implied this is because the knife cannot cut through love.
  • In Robert E. Howard's The Hour of the Dragon, this is what inspires Zenobia to rescue Conan the Barbarian from the oubliette.
  • Everything Peeta does in The Hunger Games is motivated by his love for Katniss. Until he is hijacked into hating her and wanting to kill her in Mockingjay.
  • Journey to Chaos:
    • Generally speaking, love is one of the domains of Chaos (as is all emotion) and used for holy chaos magic.
    • In the third book, Mana Mutation Menace, Eric's Declaration of Protection to Annala enables him to overcome ordercraft mind control (with chaotic assistance from Annala herself).
    • Also in the third book, The Four Loves are essential to the only known method of curing "monsanity", A.K.A. mental mana mutation. Even after the Face–Monster Turn, there is at least one person that the new monster refuses to attack. This person can then help a specialist restore the victim's sanity.
  • Tom Holt J.W. Wells & Co. series:
    • In The Portable Door, the only way to get the swords out of the stones to get a hold of the keys on the end is to have two people who are in love pulling them.
    • An even more bizarre version comes from You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here. Screwing with True Love actually causes the entire Universe to go a bit out of whack, and maths stops working properly.
  • In Kushiel's Legacy, perfect selfless love is the key to "make of the self a vessel where there is no self", and thereby hear the True Name of God. Phedre achieves it when she offers herself as a sacrifice in her soon-to-be adopted son's place.
  • Legacy of the Dragokin: Kalak uses this to temporarily overturn Mordak's control and then to exorcise the monster from his own body in addition to Zarracka's.
  • In the Lensman series, this is what enables Clarissa to find and bring back Kinnison after he went through the Hell Hole and was trapped in a far off dimension that not even Mentor and the children could find. The chapter's even called "The Power of Love".
  • Charles Dickens tended to like this trope, but particularly in the case of Little Dorrit, when Love triumphs over parental abuse, economic swindles, psychological imprisonment, and hidden wrongs.
  • There is an interesting use of this trope at the climax of Tad Williams's Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. Just when it seems as if the Big Bad Storm King is about to be unleashed on the mortal world, The Hero Simon finally understands why he's been Dreaming of Things to Come about the creature's backstory as the Sitha prince Ineluki. It is to prepare him for the realization that the reason for Ineluki's desire to destroy existence is how brutally he suffered in life trying to defend his people from the depredations of mankind. This revelation allows him to do the one thing that doesn't feed the Storm King's power — forgive him, which weakens him just enough for Miramele to kill his physical host.
    Simon: No... I will fear you, but I will not hate you.
    Camaris: Forgiven... yes, let all be forgiven...
  • In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, The Power Of Love drives the magical rings that Oberon and Titania give Prince Rupert and Jennifer. Unfortunately, along comes The Vamp with a Love Potion and then they must soldier on without the magic.
  • In Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, this is what Edward learns.
  • In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Lucian's deliberate attempt to keep from loving Lindsay, to protect her, weakened him; when he realized it, he let himself love her.
  • In the book Once Upon a Marigold, Marigold's love for Crispin heals him of his arrow wound.
    Doctor: I've heard of laughter being the best medicine, but it seems love is even stronger medicine!
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero in Hell, Miranda learns how the Sibyl acts as the instrument for the love of one of The Powers That Be.
  • The novelization of Revenge of the Sith invokes this to turn the book's ending, a bit harsher than the film's, more bittersweet.
    The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins — but in the heart of its strength lies weakness: one lone candle is enough to hold it back.
    Love is more than a candle.
    Love can ignite the stars.
  • Schooled in Magic: Discussed and mocked in Work Experience. Some of the ballads about Emily claim she defeated Shadye by using this, to her embarrassment, finding the idea it could work on a monster like him absurd.
  • In Space Beasts, The Power of Love is what drives the plot. The Prophecy that sets the plot in motion states, "If a virgin human male loves a humanimal female with all his heart and he loses his virginity to her, then the universe will be altered and all intelligent beings will become equal."
  • In the Star Wars Legends (Fate of the Jedi: Ascension) Jaina Invokes this for the above-mentioned events, while vouching for Ben's Sith Apprentice girlfriend, Vestara:
    "I don't want to get too sentimental here, uncle Luke, but don't underestimate The Power Of Love. It's pulled two family members back from the Dark Side already. Ben's sixteen, but he's not a fool."
    • In the Expanded Universe, Qui-Gon Jinn explains that love, a connection to others, is a prerequisite for becoming a Force Ghost.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, the subject of love is debated extensively by the characters. It is Lazarus Long's opinion that love is the only thing that could make life worth living for thousands of years, and being loved can go so far as to cause complex computers to become self-aware.
  • The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign features an unusual example where it's the Big Bad who benefits from this. At the end of the fifth volume, the White Queen is next to the love of her life, Kyousuke. An army of Unexplored-Class Materials — beings more powerful than gods, whose very nature is to seal the Queen's power — is approaching with the intention of killing her, and Kyousuke would undoubtedly be killed in the crossfire. But the Queen manages to defeat them all, while ensuring that not a single attack hits Kyousuke.
  • In Warm Bodies, the power of love brings a zombie back to life.
  • In The Wheel of Time, The Chosen One becomes more and more nihilistic and self-destructive as a result of the memories of his past life, when he was driven mad and killed his entire family. What brings him back from the brink?
    Why? Rand thought with wonder. Because each time we live, we get to love again. ... If I live again, then she might as well!
  • Wind And Sparks cycle by Alexey Pehov is a rather cynical Dark Fantasy full of subversions, yet the trope is played surprisingly straight. The greatest magician in history wrote a lot about how powerful love is, but nothing about how to harness that power. Probably he never did. The heroes studying his papers discard that bit as useless. Yet they unwittingly manage to use it several times. Only in the end the Physical God explains everything to the narrator protagonist Ness. To properly teach all sides of magic "spark" the first teacher has to strongly and sincerely love somebody. Ginora loved her stepdaughter to the point of shortening her life to save her, Layen loved Ness and frequently risked her life for him, Shen started teaching Rona after they fell in love... this also applies to the Big Bads before their Start of Darkness. Later they grew too bitter, wallowing in their grievances too much, and the sparks they kindled were flawed, if not outright dark.
  • The Witcher: In The Last Wish Geralt notes that true love has magical power. In the book's various vignettes two curses are broken by it.
  • In Andre Norton's Witch World novel Year of the Unicorn, Gillian's love inspires Herrel to take on the rest of the Were-Riders.
  • A Double Subversion in Wizard's First Rule. The subversion is in Kahlan's power which uses a person's love to make them a slave to her will. This completely destroys a person, with no possibility of reversal, and causes her to be hated and feared, despite being the de facto ruler of the land. The double subversion comes in the climax, where Richard's love for Kahlan protects him from her power, allowing them to get together.
  • In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg is able to save her little brother Charles Wallace from being possessed by IT through the power of her love for him. She suspects that if anyone ever offered love to IT, IT would shrivel up and die.
  • In The Kane Chronicles, Carter Kane has been poisoned by a magical poison. His sister Sadie Kane can only heal him if she learns his true name. She does not find out about him until she tells him that he is her brother, and she will always love him, no matter what she knows about him. This shows that he means a lot to her, although they do not always get along well.
  • Averted in Ravelling Wrath. Even though Rinn and Yali love each other, Yali explicitly states that Rinn's love would not be enough to stop Rinn from killing her under the Blood God's influence.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera, Christine's genuine compassion for Erik (despite not condoning his actions towards her) is enough for him to realize the error of his ways, pull a Heel–Face Turn, and let her go free.

  • This trope is the reason there are so many Silly Love Songs.
  • Subverted in the Glass Hammer song Junkyard Angel
  • In case you couldn't tell by this point, Huey Lewis and the News on the Back to the Future soundtrack had a song called "The Power of Love."
  • Country singer Charley Pride had one of his last major hits with 1984's "The Power of Love," a No. 9 hit late that summer.
  • Alive with the Glory of Love, by Say Anything. About the singer's grandparents surviving the Holocaust to be together again.
  • Played straight in Nightwish's Ghost Love Score, essentially a ballad about two lovers who separate and reunite, but amped-up to insanely epic power metal proportions. Epic Love Maneuver!
  • Rozalla's "Faith". 'Cause you've gotta have faith ♪ In the power of love ♪ You've gotta have faith ♪ In the power of love ♪
  • Switchfoot's "Your Love Is a Gun", the older version of "Bullet Soul".
  • Two People Fell In Love by Brad Paisley.
  • The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love".
    • 'And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make'
  • Every single thing Céline Dion has ever sung, including one song with the Trope Name.
    • While Dion's repertoire does contain plenty of examples, it's not immediately obvious. A running theme is that love grants the (figurative) power of flight. "Because You Loved Me" has "you gave me wings and made me fly / you touched my hand, I could touch the sky". The French track "En Amour" is all about love and flight. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" has the line "Two hearts that need one another / Give me wings to fly." Other examples include the obscure "Love Lights the World", and of course "The Power of Love" with its bridge "The sound of your heart beating made it clear suddenly / The feeling that I can't go on is light years away."
  • Luther Vandross has his own song based on this trope of the same name.
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their video celebration of the Nativity.
  • ''Unstoppable'', by Rascal Flatts.
  • The parson from Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds has something to say referring to this trope:
    "What kind of weapon is love when it comes to the fight?
    And what use are good and mercy, against all Satan's might?"
  • Through the Barricades by Spandau Ballet suggests this trope as a means of overcoming divisions caused by The Troubles.
  • Amy Grant -- "That's What Love Is For." Round off the edges, talk us down from the ledges...
  • The topic of quite a few Michael Jackson songs. Probably one of the straighter examples is "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough."
  • Harry and the Potters' third album is titled "Harry and the Potters and the Power of Love" which is entirely based upon Half-Blood Prince.
  • In the Ayreon album "The Human Equation", one of the main 'characters' is the human emotion of love (It Makes Sense in Context). There is a Track called "Day 11: Love." and Love is one of the major themes of the album.
    "You'll find me here, when ever they oppose you, I am the strongest of them all."
  • Hayden Panettiere sings about it in the song "I Still Believe" from Cinderella III. In the music video, Hayden's love for her boyfriend adds color to a black and white world like Pleasantville. The bridges note this
    Love can make miracles, change everything
    Lift you from the darkness and make your heart sing
    Love is forever, when you fall
    It's the greatest power of all
  • Aaron Lines' "Love Changes Everything" is a series of vignettes in how the power of love changes people who are feeling down.
  • Carrie Underwood, "So Small": "And when you figure out love is all that matters after all / It sure makes everything else seem so small".
  • "If You've Got Love" by John Michael Montgomery:
    If you've got love, you can move a mountain
    A little further down the line
    You can move it all at once or one rock at a time
    You can turn an ordinary picture into a priceless work of art
    That's what you can do if you've got love in your heart
  • One of Blue Öyster Cult's most well-known songs, Don't Fear the Reaper, is about how true love can transcend even death.
  • This shows up in the song "Ten Pound Hammer", written by Dennis Linde and recorded by Aaron Tippin:
    If somebody would've told me
    One woman could hold me
    And leave me weak as a baby
    I'd have told 'em they were crazy
    You see, love hit me like a ten pound hammer
    A ten pound hammer with a five foot swing...
  • Also from the pen of Dennis Linde is Don Williams' "Then It's Love":
    Well, if it knocks you off your feet, then it's love, then it's love
    If it makes your life complete, then it's love, then it's love
    If it turns you upside down, then it's love, then it's love
    If it makes your world go 'round, then it's love
  • "Immortal" by Marina & the Diamonds says that love is the only thing that transcends death and the end of the world.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • In The Four Gospels, John stated that God is love, and whoever does not love does not know God.
    • Book of Corinthians has a verse that talks about the divine love, or Agape that is God's love towards His children, and the love of His children between each other. You'll probably recognize it; the verse is now a stock reading at weddings.
      "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
  • The Hone-onna or Bone-Woman of Japan are ghosts driven by love to remain in the world of the living, rather than hate and revenge like other onryo ("vengeful ghosts"). The problem is that while their spirit remains so does the disgusting, rotting corpse they once had. The create a sort of Glamour to the object of her love and drains him of his life so they can be together in death. The disguise doesn't work if she's not after you, so it can be disconcerting at the least to see one's master flirting with a walking corpse. Her problem is her love comes off as a selfish sort of love; when she is found out she becomes desperate and the more desperate she becomes the more her "lover" drains away until he dies or is nearly-dead.

  • The Adventure Zone: Balance: Taako lampshades this by asking up front if the seventh Grand Relic was love the whole time. As it turns out, the power of strong emotions (including love) does exist. Certain unexplainable magical phenomena that the party has witnessed like Hurley healing Sloane of an incurable poison are due to the fact that strong emotion is an energy unto itself like light, heat, and magic that can affect the physical and arcane worlds. The lich elves that run Wonderland are using this to sustain themselves and keep from descending into insanity by siphoning off the misery and suffering of those around them. Barry and Lup's love for each other and the rest of the IPRE sustains their lich forms. And the Starblaster's bond engine allows Tres Horny Boys to summon loved ones to help defeat The Final John in their final battle against the Hunger.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Brother Love: Parodied, inverted, subverted and averted with Bruce Pritchard's gimmick of a smarmy, rosy-cheeked faux preacher. Many times, he claimed to preach "The Book of Love," but it was more a "love" of the WWF's top villians of the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Ted DiBiase and André the Giant, and showing the "power of love" by setting up good guys such as Hulk Hogan for beatings by the heels.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Ars Magica, true love cannot be affected by magic, due to being an integral part of the person. The same goes for other passions that run just as deep.
  • The ANIMa from Bliss Stage create a Humongous Mecha and its weapons entirely out of, as Word of God has it, "weaponized love." Most stats revolve around relationships with the other PCs.
  • In the Classic and New World of Darkness:
  • In Dungeons & Dragons:
    • 4th-Edition deities associated with love can grant this power, which focuses on protecting and healing allies.
    • The infamous third-party 3.5 sourcebook The Book of Erotic Fantasy has a more easily-accessible version of the Resurrection spell. The somatic component is kissing the recently deceased, and it only works on someone who you love.
  • The Virtue of Compassion in Exalted.
    • Subverted, however, with Black Claw Style, which is based around the premise that love is a lie. The capstone Charm allows you to rip people's hearts out, and becomes much more powerful if your target happens to be in love with you.
    • Also subverted with Sidereal Charm Shun the Smiling Lady, a charm whose sole utility is to make the target unloveable and make anyone who once loved them fall out of it. This is an entry level power, so many Sidereals just pick it up as a prerequisite to other charms. Then it's just sitting in your panoply, ready to be used at any time...
    • One of the most powerful examples: if an Abyssal Exalted finds and truly cares for their Lunar Mate, almost all of the drawbacks of their state are blown away.
  • Magic: The Gathering compares The Power Of Love to the power of rhinos.
    Love is like a rhino, short-sighted and hasty; if it cannot find a way, it will make a way.
    • While Red is the color of all manner of passions and feelings, for practical reasons, the main ones displayed on cards are variants on Unstoppable Rage and The Power of Hate. So it was considered a wonderful step forward in increasing the depth of the color when a card was successfully made about undoing a painful knot of sorrow and pain with rekindled familial love.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has the Imperium of Man, the biggest faction in the crapsack universe, and it runs on the Power of Love for the God-Emperor of All Mankind, who never wanted to be a god in the first place, but in his own words "wanted the best for his people". It's also his massive willpower born from love for Mankind that has allowed him to keep the Chaos rift at Terra closed and the Astronomican galactic beacon lit despite getting reduced to an undying corpse. That, and the sacrifice of a thousand souls every day so he can endure such a hellish state.
    • You can see how much he actually cared about Mankind as a whole on the quote attributed to him on the creation of the Grey Knights, his ultimate weapon against the forces of Chaos:
      The Emperor: One unbreakable shield against the coming darkness, One last blade forged in defiance of fate, Let them be my legacy to the galaxy I conquered, And my final gift to the species I failed.
    • Imperial Saints' dedication to the Emperor and acts of Faith in his name actually have managed to save the day for the Imperium on more than a few occasions when all seemed lost. This is actually a game mechanic for some factions, which allow the player to pull the imperial equivalent to some warp powers.
    • Disturbingly, Nurgle the Chaos god of disease runs on a different kind of love: stuff like a mother desperate to save her child from sickness and Friend to All Living Things (someone has to be a friend to plague rats, bacteria and the like) powers him. He's the nicest of Chaos gods, often referred to without irony as Grandfather Nurgle, and is always happy to shower his children with gifts of pestilence and decay.

  • Surprising, given the style of the play, but in the final scene of RENT, death is converted to Disney Death by a love song.
  • Richard Wagner's version of the Flying Dutchman trope allows the character — traditionally cursed to sail forever, to be saved by the power of love. Pity the love interest is a total Mary Sue. Good music, though.
  • In Damn Yankees, Joe manages to thwart the devil partly because of his unswerving fidelity to his wife. He spends the final scene cuddling up to her while she sings to him and ignoring Applegate's increasingly desperate pleas for him to renew their deal.
  • In Brigadoon, Tommy asks if "a stranger like... well... me" could choose to stay in Brigadoon. Mr. Lundie replies: "A stranger can stay if he loves someone here — not jus' Brigadoon, mind ye — but someone in Brigadoon enough to want to give up everythin' an' stay with that person. Which is how it should be. 'Cause after all, lad, if ye love someone deeply, anythin' is possible." Fiona comments, "I think I like that part best," clearly anticipating the show's happy ending.
  • One way of looking at the end of Hamlet is that Gertrude has cottoned on to Claudius's plan and drinks the poison to reveal his plan and save Hamlet. If so, this is the only time in the play she puts her son before anyone, including Claudius.
  • Possibly the grandest and most edifying theme of Les Misérables is that this trope is indeed the answer to the evils and suffering of the world. Fantine and Éponine's final words as they escort Valjean to the afterlife:
    "Take my hand, I'll lead you to salvation.
    Take my love, for love is everlasting.
    And remember the truth that once was spoken:
    To love another person is to see the face of God."

    Video Games 
  • The Central Theme of Tales of Legendia is deconstructing this trope. Main character Senel's love for his lover Stella is so strong that he rejects Shirley's Anguished Declaration of Love, even after Stella ends up dying halfway through the main story. Shirley doesn't take this well at all, becoming a Love Martyr and an Apocalypse Maiden. Part of their Character Development is learning that love can take many forms, it doesn't have to be romantic love to make someone care about you, and that it doesn't justify their overreactions.
  • Knights of the Old Republic. You can turn Bastila Shan from the Dark Side with this. Also discussed by Jolee Bindo, who thinks that the current interpretation that the Jedi Code bans falling in love is wrong.
    Jolee: Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled, but passion is not the same thing as love. Controlling your passions while being in love, that's what they should teach you to beware, but love itself will save you, not condemn you.
  • This trope saves the world more than once in the Lunar series.
    • Lunar: The Silver Star has two very good examples: Alex restoring Luna's memory and personality by playing the game's theme on his Ocarina and Kyle breaking out of solid stone to save Jessica.
    • And in Lunar: Eternal Blue, the Power Of Love is what gives Hiro the strength to overcome the Star Dragon and travel to the Blue Star to be with Lucia.
  • The full name of Touhou's Marisa Kirisame's "signature" Kamehame Hadoken is "Love Sign: Master Spark". (The spell is actually power-copied from Yuuka Kazami.) In general, all her laser attacks get folded into "Love Sign". The description of Love Sign: Master Spark includes "Whisper tenderly into the magical reactor, point it at someone you don't like, and release the Annihilation of Love!" There are two major reasons why Marisa would declare herself powered by love: The first is that it's part of Marisa's desire to be a "Magical Girl", even though she is technically a witch of human blood. The second is the sheer subversiveness of declaring herself a heroine of love, even though her only motivations in any of the games seem to be to kick in the teeth of as many powerful people as she can, show up Reimu, and maybe steal even more magical powers (or anything else, for that matter,) from whatever victim she is currently harassing. It's worth noting, however, that Defeat Means Friendship in this game, and she has a lot of "friends" over years of adventuring, so there may actually be something to the name, after all.
    • With people like Remilia (power over fate), Kaguya (power over the eternity and the moment) and Suika (power to manipulate density), it's only a matter of time until a literal power of love incident breaks out.
  • It is possible to get Aribeth to turn back to the light side at the end of the original Neverwinter Nights campaign using the Power of Love.
    • In both the original Neverwinter Nights and the first Knights of the Old Republic, the most foolproof way of getting your love interest to turn back after her Face–Heel Turn is to tell her that you love her. (Sorry, female characters have to do it the hard way).
    • But it's equally possible that a female Player Character can get this invoked on her. There was a cut ending from KOTOR that involved a heavy dose of it.
  • City of Heroes has one mission where the reward is a temporary power; a wedding ring, filled with the love of a woman for her dead husband, that can give you resistance to all kinds of damage for a limited time.
  • Subverted in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Love Freak Flonne points out that an Alternate Universe Overlord couldn't possibly defeat the Anti Heroes, because his power of love is divided among his ten (still very massive) copies. Oh, how very, very wrong she was...
    • If you're on a New Game+, the Prinny commentary will lampshade this.
      Prinny: Note to Self: Love is not a battle stat.
    • Flonne isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Regardless, at the end of the game the Power Of Love does factor in: After Master Lamington turns Flonne into a flower, Laharl goes insane. Depending on your actions, Laharl will not kill Lamington, and Flonne will be healed. It was all one big Batman Gambit to make Laharl into a good person and to unite the Netherworld and Celestia.
    • "Power of Love" is also the name of Flonne's technique that heals everyone in the eight adjacent cells.
    • Actually, it turns out Flonne's completely right about The Power Of Love. It's just that she's not playing for the good guys, so it doesn't come into play. It's a few games later, in Zettai Hero Project, that Love gets its chance to shine as a main character ability...
    • Spoofed in Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice. Mao is entirely aware of the trope and tries to exploit it, but quite frankly has no idea how. His servant Almaz spends a good deal of time politely informing him that love does not work that way.
    • Flonne finally gets to demonstrate the real Power Of Love in Disgaea 4. And by "The Power Of Love", we mean "giant, moon-stopping robot".
  • One of the arcana powersets in the fighting game Arcana Heart is Partineas, the Arcana of Love. It revolves primarily around projectile attacks (and defense). Naturally, it's the default Arcana of the resident Love Freak Idiot Hero, Heart Aino.
    • In fact, this arcana is statistically so balanced that any character can use it skillfully without any major stat dampeners. This will leave you out of a few perks like extra power, healing, speed- In fact, the Extend force is just a normal cancel without using up your super bar.
  • In Disgaea 5, the literal driving force behind the secret technique Macrocosm, the strongest attack in the universe, is caring about other people and wanting to help them. You can, quite literally, blast the evil out of a target by properly hitting them with this technique, and the attack animation is freaking brutal in execution. This is ultimately what saves Liezerota.
    • Seraphina's Balor Gaze allows her to control any male target, including her father, by simply using it within their vicinity, and no matter what the target is unable to resist her demands and praises her as a goddess... except Killia, who is completely immune to it because he loves Liezerota so much, his heart cannot be affected. This extends to his game unit, if you make a custom map with Seraphina as the enemy, and she uses Balor Gaze or True Brionic Gaze, Killia is immune no matter his evilities.
    • Every main character in Disgaea 5 basically gets an upgraded Overload by caring about others. This is especially true for Red Magnus who can use Super Universe by simply learning to care about the health and safety of his servants, or Usalia, who straight up gains a Super-Powered Evil Side from learning to face her fear instead of crying.
  • In Super Robot Wars Original Generation and Super Robot Wars: Impact, The Power Of Love grants badass Kyosuke and faux-Hard-Drinking Party Girl Excellen (she acts the way she does to relieve some of the tension that comes with war) their super-powerful combination attack Rampage Ghost, complete with witty banter. The move is not available until about half-way through the game, when it becomes obvious that Kyocellen is the Official Couple.
    • And then there's the fact that Excellen refuses to call it anything but "Love Love Attack".
    • Also present throughout the franchise is the Love (Ai) Seishin, which gives almost every useful Status Effect in the game all at once, for comparatively little SP cost. The only people to get it are one person per Official Couple, usually.
    • Then somewhat subverted with Ring Mao and Irm Kazahara, one of Banpresto's original official couples. Irm's Ace Bonus reduces the Love Seishin's cost down to the point it costs less to cast it than to cast one of the Seishins that's just a part of it. Irm and Ring, however, have not gotten along very well for quite a while and really don't have any genuine shipping sequences in OG 2, where Ring becomes a recurring member of the group.
      • They still get a Love bonus, though. In fact, theirs is bigger than the bonus some of the more overt couples get.
    • In OG 2, each character that is in love with another character will receive a bonus from the character they are in love with, even if that character is not in love with them ;_;.
  • In Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3, certain characters, who are Official Couples from their respective games, get the ability "Love Love" which doubles the effects of items.
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World:
  • In Drakengard 2, The Hero receives a kiss from the White Mage and this activates his Super Mode for the final boss fight. Caim however is driven by The Power of Hate.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • A major one from the first game: After Sora commits "suicide" to save Kairi, who was locked within him, his heart is changed into a Heartless. Kairi, however, recognizes him and just by yelling his name and hugging him, she somehow manages to return him to normal. Sora later explains to Kairi: "I was lost in the darkness, couldn't find my way. As I stumbled through the dark, I started forgetting things: My friends, who I was... the darkness almost swallowed me. But then, I heard a voice. YOUR voice. The light of our hearts broke through the darkness. I saw this light. And I think, THAT'S what saved me!"
    • Also in the first game, the Beast manages to make it to Hollow Bastion (an entirely separate world from his own) with no special equipment or fancy magical powers, solely because he loved Belle and wanted to rescue her that muchnote .
    • In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, in Aqua's final battle, she desperately begs Ventus and Terra (neither of whom are present) for strength, and all of a sudden her Keyblade glows with extra power, allowing her to break the χ-Blade and defeat Vanitas. Later, when she is trapped in the Realm of Darkness, and is about to give up, both Ventus's and Terra's Keyblades appear and mow down a few Heartless, encouraging her to continue on.
  • In Final Fantasy X-2 it's explicitly Yuna's love for Tidus which kicked off the quest and got her to that point that allows Bahamut to do his thing. Right before the climactic boss battle, Yuna convinces her Nakama to let her give the power of love a shot at stopping him. You still have to kick his ass though.
  • In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Penelope utilizes the power of love to gain mad sword fighting skills against Captain LeFwee to save Bentley.
  • The MOTHER franchise revolves around Empathy!
  • In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, having a character attack an enemy with their lover standing beside them can activate a critical hit, going so far as to do a little spinning heart animation before the actual attack sequence.
    • A similar thing occurs between family members, though without the heart animation.
    • In some other games in the series (namely those with Support Conversations), lovers who stand next to each other get bonuses to certain stats, which vary from character to character. This also applies to anyone with support levels, not just lovers (ergo, friendships and rivalries are equally effective).
    • In Fire Emblem Awakening, the Avatar is taken hostage by Grima, but is brought back by the voices of all the deployed party members. Party members typically include the Avatar's spouse and children, making it a straight non-gameplay example of this trope. (Especially if Chrom or Lissa is the Avatar's spouse.)
  • Welkin from Valkyria Chronicles has this as his hidden potential. That's for the gameplay side. On the plot side, his love for Alicia is what convinced her to not let the Valkyria power overtake herself and win the war in conventional means — a possible hidden anti-nuclear warfare message.
  • Rogue Galaxy's Fated Passion. In this attack, Jaster and Kisala's love for each other can cause the whole galaxy to explode. At 22 AP.
  • It's strongly implied by the many endings of Brass Restoration that the only way for Ryo to recover emotionally from losing his arm and being unable to fulfill his dream of being a drummer is to find a girlfriend.
  • In King's Quest IV, Rosella assassinates an evil, hateful fairy by shooting her with one of Cupid's arrows of love.
  • In at least The Sims 2, pleading with the Grim Reaper appears to be a game of chance, but in reality it depends on the relationship values. If two sims love each other enough, there's no way to possibly fail at this. One can even keep a vampire sim through the day if he's married to a human, let him dust, have his love plead, rinse and repeat until nightfall.
  • The opening narration for Super Paper Mario introduces it as a story "of love", and the Void created by the Chaos Heart is finally destroyed at the end by Tippi/Lady Timpani and Count Bleck/Blumiere renewing their vows of love towards each other. This is an almost exact reversal of the forced wedding between Peach and Bowser from the beginning of the game which spawned the Chaos Heart in the first place.
    • The Pure Hearts are physical embodiments of love themselves.
  • Hagspawns usually always look like this. Gann, the female protagonist's love interest from Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer however, looks like this. Why? Hags normally reproduce by raping a suitable male, but his mother and father actually loved each other.
    • And completing the Romance Sidequest with either Gann or Safiya will give you a bonus feat.
  • In Final Fantasy VI, both Shadow and Relm can equip an accessory called the Memento Ring, an item which protects against instant death attacks due to a departed mother's love. Some hidden cutscenes reveal that Shadow is Relm's father.
  • It's powerful enough in Final Fantasy V to let Galuf continue fighting at 0 HP against Exdeath, who is completely baffled by it. Exdeath incorrectly assumes that it's The Power of Hate that's fueling Galuf.
  • In the DS remake of Final Fantasy IV, the augment system is introduced, allowing the player to grant varied abilities and buffs to their characters. One of the abilities on offer is the native-to-Palom-and-Porom Twincast, wherein two characters begin casting on the same turn and get a (near, in one case) exclusive spell cast depending on the combination of characters casting. Rosa and Rydia? Faith, which increases all allies' magical power. Kain and Cecil? Bubble, which doubles all allies' HP. Cecil and Rosa? Ultima, strongest attack magic in the game bar none, apparently pure weaponized Love Power.
  • The online game League of Angels has a potent game mechanic for this. If your character helps out another character of the opposite gender enough that their Affection Points between them become 1999 or more, they can "marry" in an official partnership that gives both players bonuses to their stats. From that point on, the married partners have access to several Power Ups that unmarried couples don't. It's even possible to use Voucher Points (in-game currency) or Diamonds (currency from the online store) to throw a wedding ceremony once per day (presided over by Amora, the Angel in the game who embodies love) and not only does this increase the abilities of the two partners, but it distributes gifts to any players who attend as guests.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, The Power Of Love is what allows the heroes to travel through Time Compression, where only Ultimecia can technically exist, so that they can beat the crap out of her. While it's not specifically stated, it's probably also what enables Rinoa to find and save Squall after he gets lost in Time Compression after the final battle.
  • Canonically, in Pokémon, Gardevoir bears infinite devotion towards its trainer and would sacrifice itself for them rather than see them hurt. The happiness-detecting power it had before also became a full-fledged psychic bond. Seeing its trainer in danger is what causes a Gardevoir to unleash its full power.
    • An interesting take on this trope comes in the form of Attract, which has a 50% chance of immobilizing a Pokémon of the opposite gender each turn after affliction.
    • Then there's the move Return, which becomes more powerful based on how much the user likes its trainer.
    • In Pokémon X and Y a Pokémon with a high enough affection will try that extra bit harder in battle, leading to effects like scoring extra critical hits, dodging attacks it otherwise would not have, hanging on by 1 HP against attacks that should have KO'ed it, or even shaking off status effects (even those that are generally permanent until healed).
    • Certain Pokémon will only evolve if the player showers them with love and affection. Most of these evolve with the "happiness" stat (the same one which powers Return), which is built by working with your Pokemon in battle and treating them outside of it. Sylveon does it slightly differently, instead evolving with the "affection" stat that gives in the in-battle bonuses mentioned above, which in practise means petting and playing with your Eevee until it adores you.
    • In-universe, Mega Evolution is powered by the bond between Pokemon and trainer, allowing a Pokemon to take a powerful new form temporarily with its trainer's help. Special mention goes to Mega Kangaskhan (which is partially powered by the love between the Kangaskhan and her child), Mega Lopunny (since even getting a Lopunny requires you to bring the happiness stat from 0 to over 200), and Mega Rayquaza (the most powerful Mega Evolution and the only one powered by divine love).
  • In Silent Hill 3, the power of Harry Mason's paternal love for Heather aka Cheryl aka Alessa reborn kept the "god" of Silent Hill's Order dormant in her body, since it needs pain and hatred to grow. It's one of the major reasons why Claudia has Harry killed — to evoke Heather's hatred.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has the recurring Arc Words "Without love, it cannot be seen." Multiple characters offer their take on what this really means, ranging from the romantic to the bloodcurdling to the outright metafictional.
    • This is also deconstructed with a line Erika uses, saying "Because of love, you see things that don't exist" which also gets used. This is exemplified, and horribly deconstructs the trope in EP7 with Kinzo who believed his daughter was the reincarnation of his mistress, Beatrice Castiglioni, which lead to him raping her. Basically everything goes downhill from there.
  • In Tales of Monkey Island: Rise of the Pirate God, to solve the final puzzle of the game, Guybrush needs to use Elaine's wedding ring at the Crossroads in order to come back to life for good. This is because the spell he used earlier to open a portal back to the mortal world requires one to "gather a guide, an anchor, courage, and sacrifice in a ring at the center of the Crossroads".
  • In Luminous Arc 2, it's the basis behind the Final Bond Roland can form with one of his love interests, depending on the player's dialogue choices throughout the game. With Althea, it saves her from her self-inflicted sword stab and sealed away her Beast Fiend side. With Fatima, it guides back her soul to her body after doing a realistic-looking suicide to calm down a crazy Althea. The strength of Roland's love for one of them saves them.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Yeto and Yeta from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess create the Snowpeak Ruins' Heart Container while they're all cuddly. An extraordinary amount of Recovery Hearts are generated from the sequence as well, but most of them won't be necessary. Also, Fanadi the fortuneteller seeks out Pieces of Heart when asked to find "love". This implies that Heart Containers, and probably Recovery Hearts, are formed from the very essence of love.
    • Kass, the Rito minstrel of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild believes that it was Princess Zelda's love for Link that finally awoke her dormant powers in order to save him. Also, Mipha tells Zelda that when she uses her healing magic she thinks of — Calamity Ganon attacks before she could finish her sentence, but it's strongly implied to be Link who she was intending to marry.
  • At the end of Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp, Dirk the Daring apparently brings Princess Daphne back to life with True Love's Kiss.
  • This is the only way to stop being a shinigami in Suika. And it can't be unrequited love, either.
  • Chaos Rings uses this trope a lot. 4 couples are kidnapped to fight in the Arc Arena. All 4 couple's stories involve them inevitably falling in love or have them in love at the start. In the ending, it is revealed that the purpose of the battle arena was to pick the strongest couple, now with the best Power of Love has to propogate the human species and save the world against a Cosmic Horror. It also gets reflected in the battle mechanism, where a couple attacking together is inevitably stronger than a solo attack, and has less chance of missing.
  • In Mischief Makers, a major enemy attacks you with hurtful words; words like "sad," "fear," and "hate" are actually being shot at you. You beat the enemy by grabbing the words, shaking them until they become positive words like "happy," "courage," and "love," and then throwing them back.
  • In Ōkami, Amaterasu is able to defeat Yami, the God of Darkness due to a particularly awesome instance of this trope.
  • In The Force Unleashed II, Juno Eclipse comes back to life from being hit by a force pulse from Darth Vader for no other reason than it being The Power Of Love that brought her back.
  • A prevalent, if not the most prevalent, theme of the Tokimeki Memorial series, a Dating Sim franchise known for being at the extreme end of the idealistic side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism. The Power of Love is extremely strong in there, creating true and sweet romances that last forever, helping out the few depressive characters out there, and making Long Distance Relationships work.
  • The Power Of Love plays are very important role in the Galaxy Angel gameverse. The Angel's Emblem Frames performance is linked to the pilot's state of mind. In Dating Sim's terms: the more they like you, the better they fight.
  • World of Warcraft makes a pretty big deal out of this, at least in the novels (and some parts of the game itself).
    • A perfect example is in the Ashbringer comic. Darion Mograine asks if there is any way at all to free his father's soul from a cursed item. The person he is talking to is a Magic Knight, Tirion Fordring, who also happens to have extreme knowledge of the power of love, tells Darion that only an act of love greater than the evil that cursed his father would be enough to save him. It works. Darion kills himself out of love rather than to see his father's soul suffer. Darion is, of course, later freed by Tirion from the curse.
    • Thrall is another example. He REFUSES to back down, even when insulted and belittled by Aggra, his trainer, because his love for Azeroth is so great that he will stop at nothing to protect it. He also succeeds, as does Aggra, who warms up to him and eventually marries and has his son.
    • A mad/obsessive love can be seen with Kel'thuzad and Arthas. Kel'thuzad is SO concerned with Arthas' well-being that he stole his corpse and his magic sword to try and revive him. BOTH of these people are irredeemably evil, but at least KT understands SOME parts of love.
  • Karoshi: Mr. Karoshi has a girlfriend and getting in contact with her causes Mr. Karoshi to be happy, as well as making him able to jump higher. It's also averted as it turns all spikes into flowers, which could be a problem in a game where you have to kill yourself to win.
  • Spyro and Cynder's love for each other is ultimately the one thing that Malefor hadn't planned for. It frees Cynder from her Superpowered Evil Side, preventing Malefor from using her to kill Spyro.
  • Alpha Centauri deliberately invokes this with the Children's Creche colony facility, with the description noting that aside from providing children with security and education, the fact that parents' children are close at hand will drive them to fight to the death to protect them (in-game, this means that all defending units in that colony will fight at Commando-level morale, giving them major defense bonuses).
  • In Asura's Wrath, Unstoppable Rage and his hate for those who betrayed him aren't the only things driving Asura. His love for his daughter Mithra is arguably the greatest strength he possesses, and what sets him apart from his former comrades with the exception of Yasha, who eventually sides with Asura believing they can save the world without sacrificing Mithra or anyone else.
  • Your main goal in Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak is to fix the relationships broken by Spat. You even have a "love meter," which fills with each relationship you fix.
  • Twisted in a horrible way with the Shin Megami Tensei series. Alice was once a normal human girl, until she befriended Belial and Nerberos. Exposure to their magic drove her insane and eventually killed her. The Demons loved her so much that they resurrected her as a newfound demon, so she could be perpetually young and innocent forever. Unfortunately, she retained her insanity and the events afterwards were... less than pleasant.
  • In Planescape: Torment, this is why Deionarra keeps haunting The Nameless One even if he has no idea who she is; The Power Of Love won't let her die. The incarnation of The Nameless One she loved invoked the trope: He never loved her, but he needed her ghost to stick around as a Spirit Advisor for one of his backup plans. Thus, he manipulated her into feeling True Love, which keeps her bound to The Nameless One even though she knows he will never remember her again.
  • In Devil May Cry 4, when Sanctus questions why he is unable to wield Sparda's power, even though he wields his weapon, Nero tells him it is because Sparda had the capacity to love another person, even a human, and this is what Sanctus lacks.
    • In Devil May Cry 5, it's implied this is how Nero gained his Devil Trigger out of love for his father and uncle, Vergil and Dante respectively as he attempts to stop the brothers from killing each other.
  • In Project X Zone, Ichiro Ogami and Sakura Shinguji proclaim their love for each other when they use their MAP attack to their enemies (and it does decent damage, like all other MAP attacks in the game). The very first time they do it? It empowers the Fujisaki Tree.
  • Parodied in Breath of Death VII, where late in the game Sara randomly decides that Dem loves her, with the two gaining the Unite technique "True Love". In contrast, when Lita brushes off Erik's advances, they gained the "Scorned Love" technique.
  • Lampshaded by one of Geralt's narrations in The Witcher where, as in the original novels (see Literature, above), love has potent magical power. The love between a prostitute and a Temerian guard captain suppresses the latter's lycanthropy.
  • Wonderfully subverted in Sin and Punishment — the villain orders the hero to use the power of love to regain his human form but the hero refuses because although he knows he will love his girlfriend some day, they both still need time to open up to each other. The two of them then proceed to keep his monster form and use it to defeat the villain. Despite that the power of love is still what allows the protagonist to remain sane while in his monster form. This applies to the sequel too.
  • Partially applied in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors where the power of love allows the protagonist to transcend time in order to save his childhood friend from being burnt alive (while ironically, it also played its part in bringing about the childhood friend's calamity in the first place). However while it seems to be the power of love that allows him to do this, Word Of God reveals that he would have done it for anyone, even a stranger.
  • Rune Factory 4 has "love" as one of its elemental types, which means you can add love-type damage to your weapons and battle enemies with the power of love.
  • Joshua Graham of all people attributes his survival from being burned alive and tossed down the Grand Canyon in Fallout: New Vegas to the power of love of the New Canaanites and God burning brighter than his own scorching pain. This ties into Joshua's story of being "the Prodigal Son" and his possible redemption while he struggles with his inner demons.
  • In Anchorhead, this comes up in the game's best ending. Showing your wedding ring to Michael is ultimately what drives Croseus Verlac out of him.
  • The LOVE from Undertale appears to be this, except it is everything but love and is in fact The Power of Hate. LOVE is an acronym of Level Of ViolencE, a power gained by your killing instinct. You do have an actual power of love by default, as long as you don't kill anyone.
  • In Fallen London, it is eventually revealed that the Bazaar is fueled by love, or more specifically, love stories. As such, the Masters have worked for centuries in order to create better and better love stories to "feed" the Bazaar.
  • There is a pathway in Shadow the Hedgehog called "The Power Of Love" that goes like this: Westoplis (Dark), Digital Circuit (Hero), Prison Island (Normal), Sky Troops (Hero), Air Fleet (Hero), Final Haunt with Black Doom battle (Hero). Rouge is the first Hero character Shadow teams up with. Essentially, in this pathway, Rouge redeemed Shadow. Aww...
  • Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone has a pair of Avatars called Passionate Lovers ♂ and Passionate Lovers ♀. They each have a passive skill called "Lovers' Call" that greatly powers up their users if both the male and female version are active at the same time.
  • Parodied in RPG Shooter: Starwish. Resident Mad Scientist straps Deuce to a weird device called "love extractor" and asks him to thinkdrawn in a Shoujou about a girl he likes, claiming that since love is the most powerful force in the universe, it can be harnessed to create weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't work.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series' mythology, this trope falls under the sphere of Mara, the Aedric Divine Goddess of Love. She is a Love Goddess focusing more on the familial, matrimonial, and fertily aspects of love (compared to Dibella, the Goddess of Beauty, who focuses more on the sexual and carnal aspects of it). She gave the gift of love to mortals and her teachings indicate that it can change their destiny. Also covers Love Redeems, as her teachings state "those who offer their love to the Divines will never be forsaken."
  • In South Park: The Fractured but Whole, one of the sidequests involves helping Tweek and Craig fix their relationship, which turns both their Ultimate Attacks into a single combined Ultimate, "Eros Eruption", in which they hold hands and overwhelm their enemies with a public display of their love while "Let's Fighting Love" plays in the background, while both of them are drawn in a Shoujo Manga style a few moments before then. Also, their unlockable character sheets will now list both of their power sources as "Love".
  • During the Last Stand at the end of Crisis Core, Zack's DMW breaks down as he accumulates damage. First he loses access to his memories of his hero Sephiroth, his comrade Tseng, and his friend Cissnei; then his mentor Angeal and his legacy Cloud. Finally, the only thing keeping him in the fight is his desire to see his love Aerith one last time. Tragically, it's not enough, and he is cut down by the Shinra forces (although he does manage to save Cloud in the process).
  • In Fate/Grand Order, the Final Ascension picture of Assassin EMIYA, a Kiritsugu who never met Irisviel, shows Assassin EMIYA being embraced from behind by the ghost of Irisviel, who is one with the Holy Grail. In other words, Irisviel's love for Kiritsugu transcends beyond space and time. This is also why Assassin EMIYA has the "Affection of the Holy Grail" skill, even though he doesn't know who Irisviel is nor does he care.
  • Warframe: This is what really gives the Tenno their incredible power; thanks to their nature as human-infested hybrids and the abuse heaped on them by the Orokin, the Warframes are mentally broken and in constant pain... something the Operators can treat through a mix of Psychic Powers and simple human empathy. This allows the Warframes and Operators to work in tandem with each other, thus becoming Tenno. It’s also why the Orokin themselves couldn’t control the Warframes; as an entire race of sociopaths, the idea of emotional therapy and rewarding good behavior with kindness was utterly alien to them.

    Visual Novels 
  • In the DLC case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Phoenix argues that a witness was able to arrive at the scene of the crime far sooner than should be possible due to the power of love. Specifically, he saw his bride being attacked and hurried to the crime scene. The normal route would take too long so he took a much shorter and much more dangerous route. Edgeworth mocks the idea, but is shut down by the (happily married) judge.

    Web Animation 
  • This is, ultimately, what the web animated series Broken Saints is all about, and what drives its Earn Your Happy Ending.
    Mama Tui: All things must die, Shandala. We cannot change this. But you can bring the heavens to your heart in life. Give yourself to those that need. If you do this, then the world is truly blessed... for it has known your love.
  • In Draw with Me, this is what compels the boy to break through the glass, and later the girl to cut off her hand.

    Web Comics 
  • Hilariously mentioned and subverted in And Shine Heaven Now after Marian (a parody of the Mary Sue trope) attacks the I-Jin of Jeeves and musses up his hair, which he points out is unlikely:
    Marian: It's not unlikely at all. You're an enemy of Integra. So there's no way you can beat me. Because I have the most powerful thing in the universe on my side — the power of true love!
    iJeeves: Indeed. [slices Marian in to pieces] As a tactic, it leaves something to be desired.
  • In this Beaver and Steve story arc, love comes from another dimension populated with evil hearts that want to take over the earth.
  • This The B-Movie Comic strip and the associated rant.
  • According to Buttersafe, "love is the source of energy that fuels eye lasers."
  • Used in this Captain SNES: The Game Masta strip.
  • Parodied in this series of Cerintha and the End of the World filler strips.
  • Cucumber Quest: Love plays an important role in the climax of Chapter 3. Sir Carrot starts seeing himself as The Load for being a total coward, thinking that he's useless to his friends and Princess Parfait. But when he finally reads the Love Letter that he lost to the Guardener, he learns that he's the reason why Parfait continues to endure her captivity, which causes him to gain his courage and level up. Parfait powering Carrot with her love and faith through their lockets takes it further and transforms Carrot's hodgepodge knight uniform into a shiny suit of heart-themed armor that grants him the ability to use magic weapons. All this is what allowed him to stand a chance against a Hocus Crocus-powered Rosemaster.
  • Used and nicely summed up in the final part of Demonology 101, when Isaac Jenner and Madeline get married. Two Witnesses attend the wedding and one comments on the Power Of Love.
    Aaron: What do you think it means?
    Banai: It probably means the same thing it meant when you married Lily. That love is one of those annoying things that somehow manages to transcend destiny, Nature, and whether or not you were born with horns on your head.
  • Done perfectly straight in Dominic Deegan, with Dex Garrit, who (as he's immune to all magic) is apparently on his deathbed... until this happens.
  • Chloe in Eerie Cuties, being a succubus and all that can enjoy it... very much... to Glowing Eyes and Dramatic Wind.
  • 8-Bit Theater: Subverted in this strip, where Black Mage explains that his Hadoken spell is powered by love, in the same sense that a car is powered by petroleum (i.e. the spell consumes love, causing a net reduction in the amount of love in the universe). Black Mage has managed to use the Power of Love to cross the Moral Event Horizon. Also, he got the spell by sacrificing nine orphans to a god of evil.
    Black Mage: The divorce rate goes up with each blast.
  • Girl Genius: Apparently it's enough to make Agatha wrest control of her body away from the soul of her evil and (literally) possessive mother. Well, that's what it looks like anyway.
  • Girly has loads of this throughout the series, but especially in the final arc, where all the artificial sidekicks explode when exposed to love (except for the sidekick cops, who are armored against love). Half the enemies are taken out by a sex god and his ex-wife, while the other half (including the sidekick cops) are dealt with by a pair of real cops through a combination of Clothing Damage and dirty dancing. The protagonists defeat the Final Boss by having hot, steamy lesbian sex next to her.
  • The Gunnerkrigg Court interlude comic City Face is described by its author as "a story of how love can save the world." It turns out pigeon love and the resulting pigeon babies prevent humanity from bringing about The End of the World as We Know It.
  • In Homestuck, Noble Wolf Bec's love for Jade is so strong that when he sacrifices his body to save her and inadvertently imbues the Big Bad with his own strength and form, said Big Bad is tormented by the feelings of loyalty that were transferred, and can not bring himself to kill Jade when he finds her.
    • As of the End of Act 5 flash, he killed the Courtyard Droll in an act of vengeance, and then laid Jade on her Quest Bed after CD managed to kill her in an explosion.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, the fate of Galatea, here and here.
  • MegaTokyo:
    • As with many things, the exact nature and significance of love in the comic is ambiguous, but magical girls appear to draw their power from it, and it's widely known to be a force to be reckoned with:
      Largo: Dude, I'm battlin' zombies and all I got is luv pow3r from a n3wb magical grrl. Help me out here.
      Clerk: All ya got? That's enough, mate.
    • The power of obsessive adoration, meanwhile, is a separate matter altogether, albeit possibly connected.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Haley becomes able to pick a lock when Elan encourages her.
      Vaarsuvius: Love makes the world go round. And has been known to provide a +2 circumstance bonus to certain skill checks.
    • The time when Haley had started speaking gibberish and breaks out of it when she tells Elan she loves him. She had been honestly trying to tell the truth and overcome her mental problem for some time, but finally managed it when her cynicism told her that Elan was going to leave her "just like everyone else" if she didn't recover right now.
  • The Perry Bible Fellowship: Hilariously twisted in this comic.
  • In The Red Star, Maya talks of how once you have true love, you never lose the effect of it.
  • In Sinfest, the power of love can even withstand concentrated efforts to stop it.
  • Played for Laughs with Darius and his 'children' in Slightly Damned.
  • Thespiphobia: Played scarily straight and lampshaded in this page.
  • In YU+ME: dream , Fiona's decision to attempt to go back into the Dream World to find Lia, especially considering Sadako had banned Fiona from the Dream Land, as well as the possibility that Fiona may never return to the real world if she finds Lia.
  • In Yumi's Cells, the Love Cell has a special pink costume and is the most powerful of all Yumi's brain cells. Unfortunately, it was De Powered and put into a coma after a break-up a few years before the story begins. It starts recovering as Yumi finds (potential) new romance.

    Web Original 
  • JLA Watchtower/DC Nation — the Titans, led by Arsenal and Nightwing, challenge Hades, God of Death, to retrieve Omen and Troia. Hades plays dirty including killing off both Dick and Roy, and finishes it off by sending out a zombie horde against the heroes. Clan Arrow's response was to grab Eros's love arrows and start shooting. When things really started to go badly, out comes an army of the heroes' fallen friends, relatives, and loved ones — including the fallen Nightwing and Arsenal — to start kicking undead butt.
  • In the Colour My Series, it's implied that the protagonist's coloring powers are based off of love. Or, rather, the two go hand in hand.
  • Supervillainess Sahar, in the Whateley Universe. She has a psychic ability to — once she's seduced a Psi — get so close that she can learn to copy that Psi's best 'knacks'. This makes her a ruthless femme fatale, until she falls in love with a mark, Zenith. She doesn't know how to handle that. So it takes a different kind of love — friendship — to get her to finish her Heel–Face Turn. And she gets Zenith back.
  • In one of the possible endings of Today I Die, love gives the protagonist strength to survive.
  • In Mall Fight, Eric brings Connor back to life with this trope.
  • Frank and Sadie Doyle of the The Thrilling Adventure Hour have conquered a fair share of supernatural baddies through the power of their love. A Valentine's Day special dedicated to them featured the Doyles blowing up a succubus after it tried to devour their love, attracting the attention of Freya and Bacchus because an oracle declared their love the strongest of all, and thwarting a Will o' the Wisp from stealing their souls before it even started by the simple fact that their souls belong to each other.
  • In Critical Role, apparently even the Random Number God bends to the power of love. In this universe, by the Dungeon Master's homebrew rules, the resurrection of dead characters can fail based on dice rolls, and anyone attempting a resurrection ritual can make up to three offerings (with associated skill checks) to increase the chance of success. When Percy is killed, Vex admits she's in love with him and kisses him. She rolls a Natural 20 on her skill check, and the ritual ultimately succeeds.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • In "Mortal Folly", Finn defeats the Lich the first time with a sweater imbued with the Power of L-L-Liking-Someone-A-Lot.
    • Deconstructed with and exploited by Maja the Sky Witch. She gains most of her powers through love, namely items that hold a lot of sentimental value to people... but it's also reconstructed in that while she herself understands what love is and manipulates it to her own ends, some entities that she tries to use for her own purpose, such as Darren, don't. This bites her in the butt.
  • The two part episode "The Origins" from The Amazing World of Gumball uses this as an explanation of how Darwin got his lungs and legs; Put simply, Gumball and Darwin are connected by their souls with an unbreakable bond of friendship, and it was Gumball's love and faith in Darwin being able to return to Elmore after accidentally being flushed that caused him to undergo several million years worth of evolution in a few days at most.
  • Jake and Rose from American Dragon: Jake Long. Jake wished that Rose was never taken by the Huntsclan, but then she remembers everything when she sees the photo of her and Jake from a dance.
  • In Beast Wars, Blackarachnia defected from the Predacons to save her own skidplate, but the power of hers and Silverbolt's love brought her to the Maximals and made her part of the team, despite her initial reluctance. Since Blackarachnia was the Dark Action Girl for most of the series, this is slow going, but eventually, it does bring her around. Later, she's Mostly Dead until Silverbolt winds up facing the uber-powerful Rampage... at which point she's brought back to life in a new form and kicks Rampage to the curb, which is not an easy task.
  • In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", the titular villain uses his voice to hypnotize people into submission. When AQUAMAN holds Black Canary (immune to the power of the Music Meister's voice thanks to earplugs) so Green Arrow can punch her, his feeling for her prove so strong that he's able to shake off the Mind Control for long enough to hit AQUAMAN instead.
  • Used in one episode of the Beetlejuice cartoon, when BJ and Lydia's car Doomie falls in love with another car. Doomie is a Sentient Vehicle, but Pinky is not, making the romance difficult to say the least. But by the end of the episode, the trope is invoked in two ways. Doomie's love for Pinky actually causes her to become a Sentient Vehicle. Less overtly, Beetlejuice's own affection for Doomie (and Lydia) overcomes his annoyance about the whole thing.
  • Ma-Ti of Captain Planet had "heart" as his element, considered to be a warped version of this, which garnered a lot of ridicule for how little and ineffectively it was used, as well as how ridiculously it was named. However, it is actually an awesome power, probably the best when you think about it. He has mind-control and the ability to summon potentially deadly animals as his powers, which he could use for very mischievous purposes if he wasn't so kind-hearted. Fun fact: in German dub, his power was Liebe, which translates to "love". Gotta love these language differences.
  • Clone High had a whole episode parodying this trope as well as the power of rock. During the climactic scene where they tried breaking down the wall with love, one of the characters said, "But guys, love is just an abstract concept! It can't break down stuff!"
  • In an episode of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Zebra Donkey dies but is brought back as a zombie when Manny and Frida steal Sartana's mystic guitar. Sartana eventually takes it back and tries to destroy Manny for stealing it. Zebra Donkey manages to get his hooves on it and destroys it, knowing full well doing so will destroy him as well. Manny, Frida and the rest of the kids gather around Zebra Donkey's ashes and the pieces of the mystic guitar and tearfully sing his theme song as Manny plucks one of the guitar's strings. Zebra Donkey is returned to life... or, undeath, rather.
    Frida: It must have been this guitar string!
    Principal: And the love of you children.
    Frida: Yeah. But mostly the guitar string.
  • In the Evil Con Carne episode "H.C.C.B.D.D.", Major Doctor Ghastly reveals during Hector's birthday party that the most powerful force in the world is the power of love. When he objects that his organization was founded on hatred, she promptly cuts the party short and screams at everybody to get back to work with as much hate as possible... 'cause she just loves him like that.
    • Another example where she did this is in the Musical Episode "The Pie that Loved Me", as the Evil Plan involves pies that have love as the "secret ingredient". (The plan doesn't work, but Ghastly still tried.)
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • In Wishology Trilogy, the Darkness is defeated because Timmy realizes it just wants to be loved, so he uses Poof's warmth and innocence to turn it into the Kindness.
    • Very frequently throughout the series, love seems to be the one thing that is more powerful than the fairies' magic. So much so, in one episode, Timmy wished to have parents that couldn't care less. The spell worked too well, and the only way Timmy was able to undo it was to put himself in danger, causing his parents' love for him to cancel out the magic.
    • Subverted with the actual one of "Da Rules" saying "Magic can't interfere with true love". This is indirectly revealed to not be a physical limitation of magic but rather purely a cold bureaucratic rule with some rather loose definitions, as even when it's patently obvious that said "true love" is unhealthy, shallow, materialistic, or even one-sided, Cosmo and Wanda still aren't allowed to cast any spells that would interfere with it.
  • Used in the animated special Freaknik: The Musical, the love of the fans help revive Freaknik as well as give him a handy Combined Energy Attack. It's in the book.
  • Futurama:
    • Parodied in the episode "Love and Rocket", which features a very literal power of love: when a whole load of chalky Valentines heart-shaped candies are dumped into a supernova, it causes a wave of "mystical love radiation" that is powerful enough to destroy "three gangster planets and a cowboy world", but causes (or at least enhances) a wave of Valentines-inspired romance on Earth (which is far enough to see the radiation without being destroyed by it).
    • Also parodied in the episode "T: The Terrestrial", featuring bicycles on Omicron Persei 8 that are powered by love. At one point, Lrr tells his guards to "love harder".
    • Kif also once gave Amy a watch that was powered by love... also you have to wind it.
  • Gravity Falls: Parodied in "Dipper vs. Manliness", when Mabel offers to help Stan hook up with Lazy Susan, a waitress at Greasy's Diner.
    Mabel: Grunkle Stan, you are a cranky, gross, weird old man, but we will get Lazy Susan to like you because nothing is stronger than the power of—
    Stan: Love?
    Mabel: Mabel.
  • In Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, Irwin uses this to save Mandy when she is kidnapped by the Boogeyman. Lampshaded when Grim said that it was "the power of love."
  • Kim Possible:
  • When Link's spirit is severed from his body in an episode of the 80's The Legend of Zelda cartoon, Zelda is the only one who can see his spirit because of this.
  • This is how Lilo & Stitch: The Series ends. After a suddenly-failed rescue mission lead by Lilo to save all of the experiments Gantu captured, Stitch confesses his feelings to Angel, who responds by breaking open her container with a headbutt and feeling the same way towards him. Together, they smash open the other experiments' containers with their heads and free them. All of the experiments, save for 625, are now free and are to be given new designations and names.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • This is played with in the season 2 finale, "A Canterlot Wedding", when it turns out that the villain, Queen Chrysalis, has been powering herself up by siphoning love off of Shining Armor while disguised as Princess Cadence. It later bites her in the ass in the end of the episode when Twilight Sparkle frees the real Princess Cadence, allowing the latter to reunite with Shining Armor and use that same love to defeat Chrysalis.
    • Later weaponized in the season 6 finale, "To Where and Back Again". Chrysalis tries to execute Thorax by forcibly draining him of all his love, making him an example of what happens to those who betray the hive. Starlight Glimmer encourages Thorax to "give her all of it!" instead, which leads to Thorax love-blasting Chrysalis and transforming into a majestic Changeling King. The other Changelings follow suit and subsequently turn into colorful beetle-like creatures, showing that love is more beneficial when mutually shared instead of taken and exploited.
  • In the cartoon pilot, PJ Sparkles is transformed into a Magical Girl due to her strong desire to love someone, and can do almost anything, provided she phrases it "I'd love it if X."
  • The title characters in Robotman and Friends are robots powered by human love, requiring it to stay alive. Without love they lose power and become tired and physically weak.
  • Played interestingly in 'The Powerpuff Girls episode "Knock It Off". The villain, Dick Hardly, is slowly killing the girls. Professor Utonium, unable to stop him and being dragged away by the deformed Powerpuff Girl clones, can only tell his girls he loves them. The clones, realizing that Dick never gave them love, turn on him and free the Professor and the girls.
  • The Christmas Special Raggedy Ann and Andy in the Great Santa Claus Caper has a particularly sappy variant of this: the power of love (combined with some gratuitous Audience Participation) not only dissolves the Big Bad's Gloopstik, but convinces him to have a Heel–Face Turn.
  • In the Grand Finale of Samurai Jack Jack's Anguished Declaration of Love is what finally helps Ashi break free of Aku's control.
  • Inverted in an episode of Super Secret Secret Squirrel, where the titular protagonist overcomes Queen Bea's love potion with the power of hate.
  • Exaggerated in The Simpsons episode "Marge vs. SSCCTG", where Bart and Lisa make the childless adults love children by simply hugging them (in a Shout-Out to The War of the Worlds). Then subverted when the love fails to change their minds, whereas the sudden exposure to child bacteria and viruses cause them all to collapse. Again referencing The War of the Worlds.
  • In the Grand Finale of Sofia the First, Vor has Sofia cornered inside the Amulet of Avalor, but Sofia witnesses the spirits of the Disney Princesses who helped her throughout her journey and encourage her to fight back. She focuses all her love for her family and friends, channeling a magic that explodes outward and obliterates Vor's essence for good.
  • This is essentially how Spider-Man defeats Venom in the season 1 finale of The Spectacular Spider-Man. Though it's with the love of his friends, uncle, and aunt, but it still technically counts because Gwen Stacy is one of his friends, and everyone knows what part she plays.
  • In the series finale of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, after Star destroys the Realm of Magic, which will cut off inter-dimensional travel and send everybody to their home dimension permanently (meaning she'll be on Mewni and Marco will be on Earth), her and Marco's love for each other caused the last of the magic to fuse Earth and Mewni into a single world so that they can still be together..
  • Steven Universe:
    • It may not be be entirely necessary for the Gems' Fusion Dance to work, but it does make the fusion much more stable, as evidenced by Garnet. As soon as she reforms, she defeats Jasper while singing a Badass Boast song about how "I am made of love and it's stronger than you." This trope is also probably the reason Stevonnie was formed in the first place.
    • Garnet also suggests that this is the source of Steven and Rose Quartz's powers, which makes sense for such All Loving Heroes.
      Garnet: Steven, your mother had healing tears that flowed from her gem. She felt real love for those around her; she felt real sorrow when they were hurt. You have the Rose Quartz gem now. I know that power is in you, too.
  • In Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Sprx is turned evil by the Object of Hate, and Nova tells him she loves him to bring him back.
  • The titular character of Wander over Yonder heavily believes in this, as quoted in "The Egg." Creator Craig McCracken has stated that the dynamic in the series is not so much a battle of Good Vs. Evil as it is Love Vs. Hate.
  • In the Winx Club, Sky uses his words of love to bring Bloom back to the good side and have her return the ultimate power to its rightful place in the Season 2 finale. Lord Darkar doesn't take that well. At all.

    Real Life 
  • The Sacred Band of Thebes.
  • Mary Ann Patten, who was the wife of the Captain of the Clipper Neptune's Car and got the ship around the Horn propelled by this.
  • An underweight failing newborn was saved by a hug from her tiny twin sister in this unspeakably adorable story from 1995.
  • Similar to the above, there's the concept of "Kangaroo Care", where a baby is held closely to the mother's chest. Babies born prematurely or with low birth weight that are given this treatment tend to become healthier faster than those kept in incubators.
  • The Castle of the Faithful Wives
  • Love, romantic or otherwise, is often considered one of the most powerful motivational forces in the human psyche. There are even claims that it can cause the brain to release chemicals that allows a person to accomplish things that he/she could not or would not had been able to normally do. These factors are the basis for the "Power of Love" in fiction.

Alternative Title(s): Power Of Love, Powered By Love


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